What is update32.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 update32.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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Update32.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft DirectPlay Helper belongs to software Microsoft® Windows (version 2000 Operating System) by Microsoft (

Description: Update32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The update32.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 18,944 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 19,456 bytes or 19,968 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The update32.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, win.ini). It is not a Windows system file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 89% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If update32.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 84% dangerous. The file size is 95,634 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. Update32.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, win.ini). It is not a Windows core file.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name update32.exe, for example Downloader or Downloader.MisleadApp (detected by Symantec), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Tibs or Trojan:Win32/Tibs.HO (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the update32.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

Nothing more that Security Task Manager said: potentially dangerous...

Summary: Average user rating of update32.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving update32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with update32. 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 update32.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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