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

The process known as Moodlogic Updater Application or Ask Updater or Updater service or updater MFC Application or Skype Updater Service or Roozz Updater or TopArcadeHits Software or Software version updater or DJ7s

belongs to software Moodlogic Application or Ask Toolbar or updater Application or Skype or Ask Toolbar for Internet Explorer or Moodlogic Updater Application or Performance Optimizer or Roozz plugin or Server or MZgEIereRHstlRgXxc or Launcher

by Moodlogic ( or Ask ( or Skype Technologies ( or Roozz or Microsoft ( or OhARx3jyuE or EpicPlay or Advizz or Amonetize ltd.

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 204,800 bytes (7% of all occurrences), 888,488 bytes and 63 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, MACHINE\RunServices, User Shell Folders, 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 37% 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 Avira Toolbar for Internet Explorer) 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 TrojanSpy:Win32/Keylogger.EJ.dll (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_GEN.USEGB25 or TROJ_SPNR.03CG11 (detected by TrendMicro). 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

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
Part of "Spy Alert" adware which is left behind after uninstall.
Panda firewall first noticed it after installing Darksider via Steam
  Dark Lord Azagthoth  
I'm not 100% sure, but it seems that at the same time I began seeing Norton telling me that"updater.exe is safe",that's when my Firefox stopped loading; but I also installed SpeedUpMyPC without wanting to... at about the same time as this previous stuff is happening.
Had a resource problem something was consuming all my CPU. When I looked Ask Updater was the culprit, what really bothered me was the next large consumer at about 25% was my email client Thunderbird which not in use and normally uses almost no resources except when performing an action. I immediately removed all "Ask" programs, which by the way I never installed. I think it was trolling my email.
  Denny in Dayton  
This updater.exe program from was installed on my PC and is configured itself as a Startup program/task when I installed the "Ask Toolbar" on my Firefox web browser by accident. "Ask Toolbar" is a search Internet tool similar to Bing of Mircrosoft. Obviously this program drains your PC resources as it is running in the background and frequently checks Internet for a update. To remove it you would need to uninstall the "Ask Toolbar" and "" from your PC's Control Panel.
  The Bear  
Ask Toolbar Updater.exe also gets installed by Soapcast 3.50 without yiour knowledge
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Updater.exe: based on 45 votes with 9 reviews. 17 users think Updater.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 11 users think Updater.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 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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