What is updater.exe?

The genuine updater.exe file is a software component of Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer by
Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer is an advertisement-supported toolbar that lets users search for content on the Internet. Updater.exe runs a process that updates Ask Toolbar. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer is categorised as a PUP (potentially unwanted program) due to its ability to hijack the browser and display sponsored advertising. The program is very difficult to remove. The toolbar is often installed along with free programs that are downloaded from untrustworthy websites. The program collects leads (user details such as email addresses) for sponsors and is specifically designed to generate money. is an American Internet company that offers a question answering-focused service and web search engine. The company has been criticised for misleading users into installing its browser toolbar that comes bundled with legitimate software, especially since the program is difficult to remove. was founded in 1996 and is currently headquartered in Oakland, California, United States.

Updater stands for Ask Toolbar Updater

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

The process known as Ask Updater or Updater service or Moodlogic Updater Application or Skype Updater Service or Roozz Updater or TopArcadeHits Software or Application Updater or Update Mgr MonarchFind or Software version updater or DJ7s or PornTime Updater

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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 10/8/7/XP are 339,968 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 486,264 bytes and 106 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, DEFAULT\Run). The updater.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Updater.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with updater.exe, you may also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Ask Toolbar or Popcorn Time) or turn to the software developer [1][2], ASK, for advice.

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There are different files with the same name:

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

This one is Tune_Updater.exe. It reinforces itself a couple of minutes after stopping it in Task Mgr. This is only place it shows up. It appeared overnight on my system. I have an actual image of popup that appears it stays on top no other app can be on top. Nothing stops it getting real frustrated trying to surf or anything because I have to keep stopping it another 2 or 3 minutes.
  Mark Wannamaker  
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  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  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of updater.exe: based on 52 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. 7 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 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 updater.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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