What is UpdaterUI.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 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 or UpdaterUI Utility

belongs to software McAfee Common Framework or MATLAB Family of Products or Microsoft Office Standard or Crystal (version 11 Redistributable) or CINEMA 4D Module Advanced or Xteq Systems X-Setup or Verity LiquidOffice Process

by Network Associates ( or McAfee ( or Microsoft (

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 8/7/XP are 139,320 bytes (65% of all occurrences), 135,251 bytes and 6 more variants. 
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 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you have any problems with UpdaterUI.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Video Device Driver or GMedia Music impOSCar VSTi.

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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 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 UpdaterUI.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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