How to remove the Updates virus

Most antivirus programs identify Updates.exe as malware—for instance Symantec identifies it as Infostealer or Backdoor.Trojan, and Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Scar.lpco or Trojan.Win32.Scar.fwsf.

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Updates.exe file information

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

The process known as Executable for Purble Place Game or ICQ appears to belong to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or ICQ by Microsoft ( or ICQ (

Description: Updates.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Updates.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 25,088 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 113,664 bytes, 108,032 bytes, 29,184 bytes or 595,968 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Updates.exe is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. There is no description of the program. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify Updates.exe related errors

Important: You should check the Updates.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.


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Best practices for resolving Updates issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active Updates process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the Updates.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

Updates.exe [all]