What is Updatesvc.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 Updatesvc.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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Updatesvc.exe file information

The process known as Update service tool or UpdateSvc Module belongs to software UpdateSvc or Software Updater by drms media group or Atos IT Solutions and Services GmbH.

Description: Updatesvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The Updatesvc.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 221,184 bytes (62% of all occurrences) or 192,000 bytes. 
It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous.

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If Updatesvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 648,192 bytes. The program is not visible. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Updatesvc.exe is not a Windows core file. Updatesvc.exe is able to monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with Updatesvc.exe, you can uninstall SoftwareUpdater from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

If Updatesvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 333,824 bytes. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. The Updatesvc.exe file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Updatesvc.exe, for example Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec), and Adware.Crossrider.FA (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the Updatesvc.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Update service tool 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 Updatesvc issues

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