What is SecureUpgrade.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 SecureUpgrade.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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SecureUpgrade.exe file information

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

The process known as Check For Later Product Line belongs to software EMBASSY Security Center or Wave Support Software or Preboot Manager or ESC Home Page Plugin by Wave Systems (

Description: SecureUpgrade.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SecureUpgrade.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 218,424 bytes (41% of all occurrences), 212,992 bytes, 656,696 bytes, 243,000 bytes or 218,688 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The SecureUpgrade.exe file is not a Windows system file. The SecureUpgrade.exe file is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with SecureUpgrade.exe, you may also turn to the software company, Wave, for advice or completely remove Wave Support Software or EMBASSY Security Center (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify SecureUpgrade.exe related errors

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

SecureUpgrade.exe is the executable for "Check For Later Product Line" from the Embassy Trust Suite from Wave. It is part of the laptop log-in security software Dell offers.
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Summary: Average user rating of SecureUpgrade.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving SecureUpgrade issues

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