What is UpdaterUI.exe?

The genuine UpdaterUI.exe file is a software component of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator by McAfee.
UpdaterUI.exe is an executable file that runs the updater tool for the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, a program that enables the unified security management of all McAfee products. This file is a critical component and should not be directly removed. The McAfee EPO is a basis for the McAfee Security Management Platform to operate. Customers use McAfee EPO's flexible and customizable management interface to make workflow more productive, greatly reducing the price and complexity of security and administration. McAfee, Inc. (formerly Network Associates Inc.) is the world's largest company dedicated solely to the development and distribution of security software. It is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, USA. McAfee was founded in 1987 by John McAfee, who later left the company in 1994. Intel bought over McAfee on February 28, 2011 for $7.68 billion.

UpdaterUI stands for McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Updater User Interface

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 UpdaterUI.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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UpdaterUI.exe file information

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

The process known as Common User Interface belongs to software McAfee Common Framework by Network Associates ( or McAfee (

Description: UpdaterUI.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The UpdaterUI.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ (typically C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\ or C:\Program Files\Common Files\ePOAgent\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 139,320 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 131,072 bytes, 135,251 bytes, 139,347 bytes or 135,224 bytes. 
UpdaterUI.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). UpdaterUI.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with UpdaterUI.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSPCS Affärsplan.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as UpdaterUI.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Worm:Win32/Mofeir.P (detected by Microsoft), and WORM_AUTORUN.DDL (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the UpdaterUI.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

I looked it up in Task Manager it says it's part of Intel(R) ME FW Recovery Agent
Mcafee firewall file
slow down pc like mad, reads IO all the time!!
  sean poulter  
looks like virus definitions updater for McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, although harmless, it can load your processor quite heavily from time to time
When I am editing text, my cursor will stop in mid-sentence. I have to go to the task manager and end the UpdaterUI process in order to continue. It is a memory hog.
Updater takes memory I need for doing my job as an engineer, sometimes chokes and takes huge amounts of memory, and in general reduces computer productivity. Personally, I feel it is just anohter one of the many tools MIS departements use to reduce productivity and increase their self-importance.
  Andrew Jenkins  
it hits on I/O reads at 50 /sec , a pain in the ass, and major slow down McAfee component.
cannot start cma process
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of UpdaterUI.exe: based on 44 votes with 9 reviews. 34 users think UpdaterUI.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 8 users don't grade UpdaterUI.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving UpdaterUI issues

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