What is UpdateMonitor.exe?

The genuine UpdateMonitor.exe file is a software component of Rescue and Recovery by Lenovo.
UpdateMonitor.exe is the main executable file that runs the Fast Restore Update monitor, a service that automatically tracks updates for the Rescue and Recovery tool. This is not an essential Windows file and can be disabled if causing problems. Lenovo Group Ltd is a multinational Chinese computer manufacturer, headquartered in Beijing. It sells computer products, IT services, televisions, and most recently, smart phones. Lenovo is the world's largest personal computer vendor with regard to unit sales.

UpdateMonitor stands for Fast Restore Update Monitor

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 UpdateMonitor.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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UpdateMonitor.exe file information

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

The process known as System Repair Application or Fast Restore Application belongs to software Lenovo System Repair - Windows or Fast Restore or Lenovo System Repair or System Repair by Lenovo Group (

Description: UpdateMonitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The UpdateMonitor.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 430,080 bytes (64% of all occurrences), 360,448 bytes, 253,952 bytes or 260,672 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. UpdateMonitor.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using UpdateMonitor.exe, you may also do the following:
  • search the support area on the Lenovo website
  • uninstall Lenovo System Repair - Windows or Lenovo System Repair software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify UpdateMonitor.exe related errors

If UpdateMonitor.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 11,264 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 274,488 bytes. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). UpdateMonitor.exe is not a Windows system file. UpdateMonitor.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as UpdateMonitor.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Mal/Generic-A (detected by Sophos), and Trojan.Win32.Agent.desl (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the UpdateMonitor.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

updatemonitor.exe is a Fast Restore Update Monitor by Lenovo. Update Monitor keeps the "Rescue and Recovery" tool updated.
If you meet crash on updatemonitor.exe, just update your recovery and rescue software to the latest version
  Gary   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of UpdateMonitor.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks UpdateMonitor.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving UpdateMonitor issues

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