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.
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 (www.iobit.com) or ASUSTeK Computer (www.asus.com) or Openwares (www.openwares.org) or AceGain (www.acegain.com) 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.
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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.
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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.
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.