What is LiveUpdate.exe?

The genuine LiveUpdate.exe file is a software component of IObit LiveUpdate by IObit Pty, Ltd..
The name “LiveUpdate.exe” is used by various companies, usually for software to check with the publisher’s server to apply updates. It tends to install in a subpath of “C:\Program Files” ending with “\%PublisherName%\LiveUpdate\”. Sometimes this indicates a “white label” software product sold for rebranded use by other publishers. AceGain sold such a product about ten years ago but mainly for game publishers. No current “white label” source was found. ASUS, a laptop manufacturer, uses the name for its software to locate and install driver, BIOS, and network card updates. Iobit Pty Ltd., founded in 2004 in Shanghai, China, offers multiple software products advertised for system maintenance and security but which are widely suspected of co-installing malware and PUPs and may be high-risk to install or use. Their “LiveUpdate.exe” tends to remain running as a service when all other IObit software is removed; you need to delete the “\Liveupdate” folder.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the LiveUpdate.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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LiveUpdate.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with LiveUpdate
LiveUpdate.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Product Updater or ASUS Live Update or Openwares' LiveUpdate

belongs to software Product Updater or Application LiveUpdate or Byteswarm LiveUpdate or Samsung PC Studio (version 3 USB) or Driver Genius

by IObit ( or ASUSTeK Computer ( or Openwares ( or AceGain ( or Driver-Soft.

Description: LiveUpdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. LiveUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Program Files\LiveUpdate\ or C:\Program Files\AceGain\LiveUpdate\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,909,472 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 2,945,312 bytes and 36 more variants. 
LiveUpdate.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It is a Verisign signed file. LiveUpdate.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with LiveUpdate.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramASUS Live or LiveUpdate or go to the support area [1][2] of the Asus website.

Recommended: Identify LiveUpdate.exe related errors

If LiveUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 17,408 bytes. It is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as LiveUpdate.exe. Therefore, you should check the LiveUpdate.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

not much it´s in my pc
  Mika   (further information)
Seems to do very little but dunno how it apeared
  Penti UK  
Lots of stuff is called liveupdate.exe. If it's openwares' liveupdate then I believe it to be spyware.
It is the Live Update utility for a Samsung DVD Burner. It updates the firmware of your DVD Burner. Its harmless.
gant get rid of it once you install it. Tried to remove it using add or remove program and it wont get rid of it
It´s part of my mobile phone connection for internet. Automatic update is not needed.
liveupd.exe is part of MTN Online, a mobile connect program, it happened that there was some error that caused it to run for a second every 1 min and caused anything you where busy with to minimise, disabling the auto update fixed the problem
in my case LiveUpdate.exe relaunches UI0Detect.exe each minute, probably taking snapshots in the meanwhile (It seems to be taking the pictures and compressing it to '.pf' and '.db' formats). After it gathers the information it converts it and sends it to 'C://Windows/Prefetch' foldier. When the data is converted and compressed it is being sent to 'C://Windows/Prefetch/ReadyBoost' foldier which is awaiting to be sent to the creator of the spyware.
  Nota Bene  
part of IObit advanced system care
Installed with Telekom Internet Manager, just another name for Huawei-Software. LiveUpdate.exe is locate in C:\Users\ ... \AppData\Roaming\Telekom Internet Manager\LiveUpdate.exe and tries to connect to the server every 10-25 minutes. Maybe spyware.
after download of iobit you will see liveupdate. i do not have any of the programs listed above on my computer. it showed up after install of iobit. i regularly check taskmanager after an install. this is the source of this liveupdate.exe
  Big AL  
I have it, and it's pretending to be a hard drive update... I can't get rid of the little bugger.
This wants to connect to internet always. I already removed products of IObit but this one was (is) very tough. if you want to delete it you cant close its process. you'll need a firewall e.g. zonealarm to prevent it from connecting the internet and reboot, prevent it, later you can close it in task manager and voila... deleting it from program files/iobit/live update Remember: when you run an application and its doinng nothing (but keeps running in the background, prevent it from doing what it wants to do. Especially 3rd party software.
  Alpha   (further information)
Couldn't remove over default windows uninstallation. After getting multiple other types of adware and seeing that the Program Updater is still in the running tasks, I figured out that it is set as a Windows serviice and still installed under C:\Program files\IObit. First I deactivated the Windows Service (called LiveUpdate), then deleted the whole IObit folder.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of LiveUpdate.exe: based on 23 votes with 14 user comments. 6 users think LiveUpdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 2 users think LiveUpdate.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade LiveUpdate.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving LiveUpdate issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with LiveUpdate. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the LiveUpdate.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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