How to remove the swupdate virus

Most antivirus programs identify swupdate.dll as malware—for example Avast identifies it as Win32:Malware-gen, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_GEN.R29E1HS.

The swupdate.dll file is a software component of Adobe Flash Player by Adobe Systems, .
Swupdate.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that belongs to Adobe Flash Player, a freeware software program used for viewing audio and video created on the Adobe Flash platform. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Adobe Flash Player was originally developed by FutureWave and released in 1996. The player currently has a very large user base with more than 90% penetration on internet connected personal computers. Adobe Flash Player comes in a plugin version for Internet browsers in order to support Internet Flash media in various formats such as XML, JSON, AMF, SWF, MP3, FLV, PNG, JPEG, and GIF. Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American software giant that develops software products for web design, video editing, web hosting, image editing, servers, as well as formats such as Flash and PDF. The company was established in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnockin and is currently headquartered in San Jose, California.

SwUpdate stands for Shockwave Flash Player Update

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Swupdate.dll file information

The process known as Shockwave ActiveX Control appears to belong to software Shockwave by Adobe Systems, (

Description: Swupdate.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Swupdate.dll is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 132,608 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 81,920 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad, AppInit_DLLs). Swupdate.dll is not a Windows core file. Swupdate.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous.

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If swupdate.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 94% dangerous. The file size is 76,800 bytes. There is no file information. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. There is no detailed description of this service. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: ShellServiceObjectDelayLoad, AppInit_DLLs). Swupdate.dll is not a Windows system file.

Important: You should check the swupdate.dll 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.


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Best practices for resolving swupdate issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active swupdate process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the swupdate.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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