What is updatesrv.exe?

The genuine updatesrv.exe file is a software component of Bitdefender Antivirus Plus by Bitdefender.
The file belongs to Bitdefender's antivirus software. The Bitdefender products feature anti-virus and anti-spyware, personal firewall, privacy control, user control, and backup for corporate and home users. The software was developed by Romania-based software company, Softwin. The Bitdefender group spun off from Softwin in 2007.

UpdateSrv stands for Bitdefender Update 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 updatesrv.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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Updatesrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with updatesrv
Updatesrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Bitdefender Update Service or BitDefender Update Service belongs to software Bitdefender Antivirus Plus (version 2015, 2013, 2012) or Bitdefender Internet Security (version 2015, 2013) or BitDefender (version 2011) by Bitdefender ( or BitDefender S.R.L (

Description: Updatesrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The updatesrv.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 67,320 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 54,424 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows system file. The file is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with updatesrv.exe, you can remove the entire program Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2012 or Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2013 using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as updatesrv.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the updatesrv.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 updatesrv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with updatesrv. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 updatesrv.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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