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What is ToolbarUpdater.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 ToolbarUpdater.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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ToolbarUpdater.exe file information

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

The process known as ToolbarU Application or ToolbarU Application (Official) belongs to software AVG Technologies or ToolbarU Application or vToolbarUpdater by AVG Technologies (www.freeavg.com) or AVG Secure Search.

Description: ToolbarUpdater.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ToolbarUpdater.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 711,112 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 1,734,680 bytes and 27 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/toolbarupdater.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. ToolbarUpdater.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
If you still experience problems with ToolbarUpdater.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > AVG Technologies or Facemoods)
  2) ask for help from Support.

Recommended: Identify ToolbarUpdater.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ToolbarUpdater.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Gen or WS.Reputation.1 (detected by Symantec), and Mal/Generic-S (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the ToolbarUpdater.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.

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User Comments

From a antivirus solfware
  Tran Kim Tinh  
AVG's Toolbar for the web browser - an optional component of the free AVG Virus Scanner
  Shoddy   (further information)
not sure, been ridding of toolbar installs by carefully denying every one on freeware like any freeware has, and even spybot tried to install the yahoo toolbar. Deny deny deny, and this pops up in Security task manager
  Cooper Lee  

Summary: Average user rating of ToolbarUpdater.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think ToolbarUpdater.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving ToolbarUpdater issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ToolbarUpdater. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 ToolbarUpdater.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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