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 SoftwareUpdater.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.
Description: SoftwareUpdater.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SoftwareUpdater.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,145,480 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,933,392 bytes, 2,141,888 bytes or 1,934,016 bytes.
The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, Run). SoftwareUpdater.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If SoftwareUpdater.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 63% dangerous. The file size is 94,208 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 68,126 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The SoftwareUpdater.exe file is not a Windows system file.
If SoftwareUpdater.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 38% dangerous. The file size is 12,528 bytes. There is no description of the program. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, Run). The SoftwareUpdater.exe file is not a Windows system file. SoftwareUpdater.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The program has a visible window. SoftwareUpdater.exe appears to be a compressed file.
Important: Some malware also uses the file name SoftwareUpdater.exe, for example TrojanDownloader:Win32/Troxen!rts (detected by Microsoft), and ADW_DOWNWARE (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the SoftwareUpdater.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Software Updater has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SoftwareUpdater. 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 SoftwareUpdater.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.