What is SSBkgdupdate.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 SSBkgdupdate.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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SSBkgdupdate.exe file information

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

The process known as SSBkgdUpdate

belongs to software SSBkgdUpdate Application or ScanSoft OmniPage (version SE 4) or Dragon NaturallySpeaking (version 8, 9) or ScanSoft PaperPort (version 11) or ScanSoft PDF Professional (version 4) or Nuance Communications or Nuance PDF Professional (version 5) or ScanSoft OmniPage SE

by Scansoft ( or Nuance Communications (

Description: SSBkgdupdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file SSBkgdupdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 155,648 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 210,472 bytes, 185,896 bytes or 180,224 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The SSBkgdupdate.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. SSBkgdupdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program PaperPort or ScanSoft OmniPage SE 4, update it, or ask the software vendor for help. Go to or to update it, go to or to contact the vendor, or go to PaperPort or ScanSoft OmniPage SE 4 in Windows Control Panel (section Software or Programs) to uninstall it.

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

related with canon all in one printer
Adobe Updater
It is associated with PaperPort from Nuance Communications Inc. Located at: COMMON_PROGRAM_FILES_FOLDER\Scansoft Shared\SSBkgdUpdate\
  Dave Turnidge  
SSBkgdUpdate.Exe is installed in subdirectory of 'C:\Program Files\Common Files' along with the files that were installed with my Xerox Documate scanner. The software was written by Nuance Communications Inc. and is very likely critical to the document-scanning process.
It can't be only for Canon printers because I've never had one. I have a Canon Dig. camera, but my printer is Brother. I would guess it's part of Nuance's paperport software.
I renamed it to get rid of it at startup. Seems OK
  Patrick Nicholson  
Non-essential. Harmless if run from original installation. Beware of trojans, run from other folders than C:\Program Files\Common Files\Scansoft Shared\SSBkgdUpdate
  Trond B. K.   (further information)
I loaded ScanSoft PaperPort with my Brother All in One MFC5460 then suddenly this file started asking me to let it do something on bootup. I'm going to let it run nect time (after I scan the hard drive) and see what happens.
  John Francis  
SSBkgdUpdate is located in my computer at C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Scansoft Shared\SSBkgdUpdate. Note: "Program Files (x86)", not "Program Files". My computer has both "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)." Maybe obvious to expert users.
ho istallato omnipage 15
Thanks, I just installed cannon camera software (11) programs and now its there. I'm gonna put on delayed start
It is part of software called PaperPort - loaded automatically with some printers. It is simply badly written so clashes with Vista and Win 7. It isn't needed, so remove it from Add/Remove Programmes (or Programmes and Features)
Related to Dragon voice dictation software from (formerly Scansoft) Nuance. I noticed it in my startup configuation after installing Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.5
appeared at reboot after loading ScanSoft for Canon Canoscan LiDe 600F
I have a Canon printer and a Canon camera but have not installed the SSBgd update yet. I 'll give it a try.
SSBkgdupdate.exe I’ve got the above “Shield with Yellow & Blue “virus” / dodgy programme that comes up on start up every time I switch on. I have tried to get rid of it and failed – Ive had it for two months. I looked it up – SSBkgdupdate.exe - on the net. It seems that it is a common problem with several websites saying it is bad (they would say that wouldn’t they!) & “how to get rid of SSBkgdupdate.exe”, but I couldn’t get them to work or they themselves looked suspect. THE SOLUTION FOR ME: I’ve managed to get rid of SSBkgdupdate.exe at last. After going to C drive I managed to find “common files” and went into that and amazingly I found sitting there all innocently was “SSBkgdupdate”. Its properties showed Type File folder Origin Scansoft shared Size 152 mb Created 27 Sept 12 17.51 So I just pressed delete and it has gone and no longer appears on my start up screen!!!
  R N Bracken  
This pop-up is ridiculous as it always asserts itself on startup. I also noticed it after I tried to install my brothers printer. I say tried because I'm still not able to completely install it as my driver in incompatable with windows 7 on my new Dell computer. It seems that there is a commonality somehow with installing printers that this SSBkgd shows up.
ScanSnap is the hardware (software) it belongs to.
  C. Beaumont  
Do not need it.

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Summary: Average user rating of SSBkgdupdate.exe: based on 23 votes with 20 user comments. 4 users think SSBkgdupdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks SSBkgdupdate.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 7 users don't grade SSBkgdupdate.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SSBkgdupdate issues

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