What is qbupdate.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 qbupdate.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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Qbupdate.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with qbupdate
Qbupdate.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as QuickBooks Automatic Update or QBUpdate Module belongs to software QuickBooks or Intuit or QuickBooks Automatic Update or QuickBooks Automatic by Intuit ( or Intuit Canada.

Description: Qbupdate.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The qbupdate.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBUpdate\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 815,104 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 972,064 bytes and 17 more variants. 
The qbupdate.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with qbupdate.exe, you can contact Customer Service, find out if there is a newer version available or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > QuickBooks or Intuit, Inc.).

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

Its the Agent for Quickbooks 2004 or less - it checks for updates
  Nick   (further information)
Came with Quickbooks. I have had it running for many years in various forms as I upgraded Quickbooks. Not dangerous, but also not absolutely required. You control it from the options in Quickbooks.
Updates Quickbooks
Nusaince Program that conflicts heavily with NAV. Causes annoying firewall popup alerts. Probably not spyware.
My computer ran very slow after installing quickbooks. It went back to normal when I blocked this application in my fire wall. Don't know why it slowed my computer yet

Summary: Average user rating of qbupdate.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think qbupdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving qbupdate issues

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