How to remove the update_check virus

Most antivirus programs identify update_check.exe as malware.

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Update_check.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with update_check
Update_check.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as update_check.exe appears to belong to software AbiWord by unknown.

Description: Update_check.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file update_check.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 59,392 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:

Recommended: Identify update_check.exe related errors

Important: You should check the update_check.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

found here C:\Program Files\AbiWord\update_check.exe but not a part of abiword when I re-installed it
  jason   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of update_check.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving update_check issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active update_check process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the update_check.exe 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 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

Other processes

update_check.exe [all]