Most antivirus programs identify mswinup.exe as malware.
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The file does not contain any references to the programmer responsible for the process. For that reason, we are unable to identify the software associated with it.
Description: Mswinup.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Mswinup.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 573,440 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 25,398 bytes or 61,440 bytes.
The application has no file description. The program has no visible window. The mswinup.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. Mswinup.exe is able to hide itself, record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 96% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If mswinup.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 89% dangerous. The file size is 1,015,808 bytes. The software has no file description. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The mswinup.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Mswinup.exe is able to hide itself.
Important: You should check the mswinup.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active mswinup process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the mswinup.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.