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What is UpdateTask.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 UpdateTask.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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UpdateTask.exe file information

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

The process known as Ask Toolbar belongs to software unknown by DealPly Technologies (www.dealply.com) or Ask.com (www.ask.com).

Description: UpdateTask.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The UpdateTask.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 95,232 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 94,208 bytes and 7 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/updatetask.exe.html 
UpdateTask.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous.
It is possible to ask for help from Support or uninstall DealPly Technologies Ltd software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8/7/Vista).

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If UpdateTask.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 18% dangerous. The file size is 134,824 bytes. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. UpdateTask.exe is able to monitor applications.
It is possible to ask for help from Support or uninstall Ask Toolbar software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 8/7/Vista).

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as UpdateTask.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Win32:Agent-ASOG [Trj] (detected by Avast), and RDN/Generic PUP.x!br3 (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the UpdateTask.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 UpdateTask issues

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