What is SoftwareUpdate.exe?

The genuine SoftwareUpdate.exe file is a software component of Apple Software Update by Apple.
SoftwareUpdate.exe is an executable file that is associated with Apple Software. This process regularly checks for and downloads software updates on Apple devices. This is an essential process that is required by Apple software and should not be disabled. Apple Inc. is an American company that develops consumer electronics, computer software, as well as online services. The company is known for its smartphones, tablet computers, personal computers, media players and smartwatches. Apple develops the OS X and iOS operating systems, the iTunes media player, the Safari web browser, as well as several dozen productivity suites. Apple was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in 1976, to develop and sell personal computers. The company is currently based in Cupertino, California, USA.

SoftwareUpdate stands for Apple Software Update

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 SoftwareUpdate.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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SoftwareUpdate.exe file information

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

The process known as Update or Apple Software Update or Glary Utilities SoftwareUpdate

belongs to software Software Updater or Apple Software or Glary Utilities or Software Update or Glary Utilities PRO

by Auto-Update.m or Apple ( or Glarysoft (

Description: SoftwareUpdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SoftwareUpdate.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 561,984 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 566,592 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The SoftwareUpdate.exe file is a Verisign signed file. SoftwareUpdate.exe is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. SoftwareUpdate.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with SoftwareUpdate.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Apple Software or Glary Utilities PRO), go to the support area [1][2] of the Apple website or search for an update on the vendor’s website.

Recommended: Identify SoftwareUpdate.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SoftwareUpdate.exe. Therefore, you should check the SoftwareUpdate.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

softwareupdate.exe belongs to Apple Software Update and gets installed in most cases when a user updates iTunes and/or QuickTime. This program is scheduled to check once a week for updates to iTunes and QuickTime and, when updates are available, a big screen pops up asking you if you want to download and install the updates.
  Tommy Lee  
loads unwanted browser plugins that hijack the browser to take control even when clicking skip.
  Len Jenkins  
it states at a random program needs updated. when i click to update a virus comes up. it is being controlled by malware but i cannot find out which one. there is no apple programs installed win8.1

Summary: Average user rating of SoftwareUpdate.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user thinks SoftwareUpdate.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SoftwareUpdate issues

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