What is swupdtmr.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 swupdtmr.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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Swupdtmr.exe file information

The process known as swupdtmr.exe file belongs to software TOSHIBA Software Upgrades or Swupdtmr by TOSHIBA AMERICA INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC (

Description: Swupdtmr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Swupdtmr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,960 bytes (65% of all occurrences), 53,248 bytes, 66,928 bytes, 63,096 bytes or 111,984 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The file is a file with no information about its developer. Swupdtmr.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with swupdtmr.exe, you can uninstall the software TOSHIBA Software Upgrades using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program), visit the support page or make sure that you have installed the latest version.

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

On my toshiba. It caught my attention because it took more than 50% CPU time when computer startup.
swupdtmr is toshiba's SoftWareUPDaTeManageR, its harmless
Toshiba update monitor. Have had Satellite for four years and it has never notified me of anything.
In the USERS MANUAL it states it's used to get a LIST of updates available for your Toshiba computer. As far as I see, it only actually works while the machine is under warranty.
Scotty the Watchdog says its A-OK, also from a Toshiba Satelite
windows service, basically allows for toshiba integrated webcams on laptops to work. basically when I cut this off, the integrated webcam did not work. Cutting it back on reenabled my webcam
Came with Laptop, I have a satellite
On Toshiba Satellite
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of swupdtmr.exe: based on 14 votes with 9 reviews. 9 users think swupdtmr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 11 users don't grade swupdtmr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving swupdtmr issues

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