What is RIMAutoUpdate.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 RIMAutoUpdate.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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RIMAutoUpdate.exe file information

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

The process known as RIM Auto Update belongs to software Desktop Tools for RIM Handhelds by Research In Motion (

Description: RIMAutoUpdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. RIMAutoUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 623,960 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 615,696 bytes or 648,536 bytes. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. RIMAutoUpdate.exe is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). RIMAutoUpdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with RIMAutoUpdate.exe, you can also uninstall BlackBerry Desktop Software from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program or look for help on the website.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as RIMAutoUpdate.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the RIMAutoUpdate.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 part of the blackberry syncing software
RIMAutoUpdate.exe is part of Desktop Tools for RIM Handhelds developed by Research In Motion Limited.
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Summary: Average user rating of RIMAutoUpdate.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving RIMAutoUpdate issues

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

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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the RIMAutoUpdate.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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