What is PAS8_Update.exe?

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 PAS8_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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PAS8_Update.exe file information

The process known as Palo Alto Software Update Manager (version 8.0) belongs to software Palo Alto Software's or Update by Palo Alto Software (

Description: PAS8_Update.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file PAS8_Update.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 122,880 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 114,688 bytes, 102,400 bytes or 106,496 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with PAS8_Update.exe occur, you might want to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Palo Alto Software's).

Recommended: Identify PAS8_Update.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PAS8_Update.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PAS8_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

Updater for Business Plan Pro, version 8
  Chris Pierce  
It appeared after I installed Business Plan Pro 2006, my concern is a related product called "Cash Compass" developed by Intuit who I don't trust nearly as much
  Paul Wolfson   (further information)
auto update/registration exe file for palo alto software(business plan pro)
  bobby j  
It appeared after I installed Business Plan Pro
it is annoying seeing it running all the time, esp as I installed PAS (Business Planner from Palo Alto))
PAS8_Update.exe is an updater module for Business Pro 2005 and is a legitimate process
  David Finchum  
Business Plan Pro 06 update. Harmless yet annoying.
  Alfred Nugan  
i saw it appear after installing Palo Alto Business Plan Pro
  Fred Slayton  
Appeared after Business Plan Pro
  Anthony R Rasmus III  
Every time my PC ran slow, I new PAS8_Update was running. I finnally deleted it in the registry and out of explorer.
  kaley Martin  
everytime pas8_udate stoped responding other unrealted progams stop responding as well.
related to business plan pro, you can kill/delete it without harm, but you won't be able to update
  ed   (further information)
To rid yourself of this annoying update, Open Business Plan Pro, go to Tools select Update Manager, unselect Automatic Update box...problem solved!
  DJ Ware  

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Summary: Average user rating of PAS8_Update.exe: based on 13 votes with 13 user comments. 5 users think PAS8_Update.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks PAS8_Update.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving PAS8_Update issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PAS8_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 PAS8_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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