How to remove the UpdateAdmin virus

Most antivirus programs identify UpdateAdmin.exe as malware—for example Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.DownloAdmin.moa or not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.Agent.dmgg, and F-Secure identifies it as Application.Bundler.RK or Application.Downloader.XU.

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UpdateAdmin.exe file information

The process known as UpdateAdmin belongs to software unknown by Download Admin.

Description: UpdateAdmin.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The UpdateAdmin.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 237,840 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 225,552 bytes or 237,328 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. There is no information about the author of the file. UpdateAdmin.exe is a Verisign signed file. UpdateAdmin.exe is digitally signed. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ UpdateAdmin.

Recommended: Identify UpdateAdmin.exe related errors

Important: You should check the UpdateAdmin.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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Best practices for resolving UpdateAdmin issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active UpdateAdmin process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the UpdateAdmin.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

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