What is UpdaterService.exe?

The genuine UpdaterService.exe file is a software component of Acer Updater by Acer.
UpdaterService.exe is an executable file that runs the Acer Updater, a program that regularly updates Acer software that comes bundled with Acer laptops. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Acer Updater runs as a scheduled task as well as a Windows service and automatically downloads and installs critical software updates such as the latest drivers. Acer Updater comes preinstalled with Acer laptops and computers. The software is considered as bloatware and can be safely removed. Acer was founded in 1976 by Stan Shih, Carolyn Yeh and five others as Multitech in 1976. It is a Taiwanese hardware and electronics giant that produces laptops, desktops, smart phones, displays, storage devices and peripherals. Acer was the fourth largest global vendor of personal computers in 2013 and generates an annual revenue of more than $16 billion. The company is headquartered in Xizhi, New Taipei City, Taiwan.

UpdaterService stands for Acer Updater Service

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 UpdaterService.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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UpdaterService.exe file information

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

The process known as Updater Service or Acer Update Service or Updater or Universal Updater

belongs to software Acer Updater or Gateway Updater or eMachines Updater or SoftwareUpdater or Universal Updater or Updater Service or Updater or tal ltd

by Acer ( or Acer Group or tal ltd.

Description: UpdaterService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. UpdaterService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 255,376 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 243,232 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The program is not visible. UpdaterService.exe is not a Windows system file. It is digitally signed. The file is a Verisign signed file. UpdaterService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:
  • search the support area on the Acer website
  • remove the entire program Acer Updater or SoftwareUpdater using Windows Control Panel

Recommended: Identify UpdaterService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as UpdaterService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan.Generic.12785386 (detected by F-Secure), and Vittalia (PUA) (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the UpdaterService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Updater Service has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving UpdaterService issues

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