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How to remove an update error


Update.exe is a executable file (a program) for Windows. The filename extension .exe is the abbreviation for executable. Only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if update.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or an application you can trust.

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Update.exe file information

The process known as Windows Service Pack Setup or Windows Essencials Media Codecs Update Service or VIRUS or product updater or REEO or Symantec Smart Update or Dragon or Smart Update or ftptest MFC Application

belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Outerinfo or MediaTickets by OIN or OIN or VIRUS or Windows Essentials Media or HandyBits File Shredder or Yazzle by OIN or HandyBits EasyCrypto Deluxe or WinZip or Avira AntiVir Personal - Free or REEO or HandyBits Voice Mail or Norton Utilities (version 15) or DragonatrixXx or Project1 or AntiVir Desktop or ftptest Application

by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or Teknum Systems AS (www.handybits.com) or MediaCodec.Org (www.mediacodec.org) or Avira GmbH (www.avira.com) or WinZip 8.1 (www.winzip.com) or Dragon Productions or REEO or PC Tools Research Pty (www.pctools.com) or Symantec (www.symantec.com).

Description: The file update.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 14,336 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 131,072 bytes and 22 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/update.exe.html 
There is no file information. The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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If update.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 48% dangerous. The file size is 755,576 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 716,000 bytes and 50 more variants. The update.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Update.exe is able to manipulate other programs, monitor applications, record inputs and hide itself.

If update.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 303,104 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 404,737 bytes and 50 more variants. Update.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Update.exe is able to monitor applications, record inputs, manipulate other programs and connect to the Internet.

If update.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 397,824 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 1,470,530 bytes and 22 more variants.

If update.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 95,690 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 32,256 bytes and 11 more variants.

If update.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 655,396 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 409,600 bytes and 10 more variants.

If update.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 71% dangerous. The file size is 237,450 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 553,709 bytes and 6 more variants.

If update.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 63% dangerous. The file size is 10,752 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 245,760 bytes, 87,040 bytes or 368,640 bytes.

If update.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 63% dangerous. The file size is 51,712 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 24,576 bytes.

If update.exe is located in the Windows Temp folder, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 238,080 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "Automatic Windows Updater" definitely not required. Added by the GAOBOT.AO WORM!
  • "OrbitUpdate" definitely not required. Xupiter OrbitExplorer toolbar, drive-by foistware
  • "System Update2" definitely not required. Added by the AUTOTROJ-C TROJAN!
  • "Update Service" must run at start up. Loaded by Handybits programs such as EasyCrypto. Re-instates itself every time the program is run so best to leave it enabled. Prevent it dialling out via a firewall
  • "Windows Update" definitely not required. Added by the DELF-FN TROJAN!

Important: Some malware also uses the file name update.exe, for example DoS.Win32.VB.ag or Trojan.Win32.Llac.col (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_GEN.USEHJ21 or WORM_ROTINOM.SME (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the update.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

Well, I'm not sure about this program. Norton keeps saying it is safe. I installed it and then came to this page. I see that many are unsure as I am. I decided to "uninstall" it. What I found out is that it is a "hidden file." I cannot find it. I'm having issues right now with CPU usage and hard drive usage. This is the last thing I need on my pc...
  Cathy  
its using up 50% of my cpu 24/7
   
Located in /Common Files/sysobject Has the firefox thumbnail and opens firefox processes. I haven't got firefox installed either...
  Marco Martins  
It keeps crashing
  LCMc  
It can also be apart of GFI Languard, not harmful in this case.
   
virus in my pc because updates.
  Virus  
it is very dangerous worm ,hackers use that to control your machine remove it as soon as you can not just with button delete
  mikyyyy  
Windows update, not harmful but annoying
  Alpha  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of update.exe: based on 55 votes with 9 reviews.
18 users think update.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 20 users think update.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 10 users don't grade update.exe ("not sure about it").


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