What is updater.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 updater.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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Updater.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with updater
Updater.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Updater.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The updater.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in C:\ or in an undetermined folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 486,264 bytes (6% of all occurrences), 1,391,272 bytes and 89 more variants. 
Updater.exe is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\RunServices, DEFAULT\Run, win.ini). The updater.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Updater.exe is a Verisign signed file. Updater.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you have any problems with updater.exe, you may also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Ask Toolbar or Updater) or turn to the software developer [1][2], ASK, for advice.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name updater.exe, for example Trojan Horse or SecurityRisk.BL (detected by Symantec), and Win32:Spyware-gen (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the updater.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

uninstall windows updatergo setup.exe network download be removed now
  lomas peete  
Norton said it was a trojan, more like spyware. It doesn't harm your computer if you dont click run. It is only adware. I'd suggest uninstalling it.
  Jake from State Farm  
The updater.exe is installed in one of /usr/* directory under the name "18172" containing status.cfg (1), updater.exe (614,912), and updater.xml (1,025). The content of updater.xml points to which is listed as malware site by handful of sources. The infected computer had Microsoft mal/spy/ware, firewall, and anti-virus updated & running (Oct 2, 2014). It was caught by old ZoneAlarm 9 firewall the said computer was running.
  French Bender  
I first saw it after installing Vuze p2p software.
Panda auto-neutralized it on my computer. Then it re-installed itself the next day. It had its own "Updater" folder and a file attached "Discount Buddy". It's Adware! Get rid of it!
find it on my laptop
Removing updater.exe was part of the process I used to remove the Search Donkey icon from my task bar.
  Dave Panama City  
it allows for pop ups, which are very annoying. googled windows updater
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of updater.exe: based on 50 votes with 9 reviews. 17 users think updater.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 12 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 14 users think updater.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade updater.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving updater issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with updater. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the updater.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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