What is Pareto_Update.exe?

The genuine Pareto_Update.exe file is a software component of ParetoLogic Update Application by ParetoLogic.
Pareto_Update.exe is a Windows executable file for the update application process on all ParetoLogic software, including spyware removers, anti-spyware software, registry cleaner software, etc. It runs in the background and initiates upon Windows OS startup. It checks for any new updates and if found, it will automatically download and install them for all ParetoLogic software programs. ParetoLogic was founded in 2004 by four brothers, who wanted to make it easier for the common PC user to optimize, maintain, and secure their own PCs. Other ParetoLogic products include backup software, PC performance software, anti-virus software, etc.

Pareto_Update stands for ParetoLogic Update Application

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 Pareto_Update.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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Pareto_Update.exe file information

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

The process known as ParetoLogic Update Application belongs to software ParetoLogic Universal or ParetoLogic Update Application by ParetoLogic (

Description: Pareto_Update.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pareto_Update.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 189,808 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The Pareto_Update.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Paretologic provides an uninstall program (Control Panel->Software->ParetoLogic Universal).

Recommended: Identify Pareto_Update.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Pareto_Update.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Pareto_Update.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

Maybe not dangerous, but a real pain in the neck (my machine is XP). I don't know which software it came with. Once self-installed, it proceeded to give an error every time I booted up (Update Application problem etc). It doesn't appear in the Add/Remove programs list, so you will have to find it in c:\program files\common files and delete it all by hand. Fortunately XP at least retains a decent search function for finding anything pareto*.*. Simply delete all pareto directories, files and programs, especially pareto_update.exe. Then run a registry repair utility (I use free_windows_registry_repair, program name is regpair.exe), to fix all the links to it. Empty the recycle bin and reboot. Your machine may well start up much faster! (Oddly, MBAM did not find it; but I would describe it as a PUP--i.e. probably unwanted program.)
  Jo Jesty  
Installed by RegCure Pro software on my Windows 7. Apparently used to update RegCure Pro files. No lengthly experience with this software, BUT I know that it deleted windows screensaver photo files and a label printer file I needed when I allowed it to determine "trash" files. I since turned off several scans. Not sure if REGCUREPRO is really worth the cost.
  Ed Palmer   (further information)
Simply delete all Pareto related files in C:windows/tasks Problem solved.

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Summary: Average user rating of Pareto_Update.exe: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think Pareto_Update.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Pareto_Update issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Pareto_Update. 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 Pareto_Update.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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