What is updmgr.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 updmgr.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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Updmgr.exe file information

The process known as Application appears to belong to software Pnmgr Application or Windows Update Manager by unknown.

Description: Updmgr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Updmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows—e.g. C:\Program Files\Common files\updmgr\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 23,040 bytes (58% of all occurrences) or 28,672 bytes. 
The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Updmgr.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 89% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If updmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 61,440 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as updmgr.exe. Therefore, you should check the updmgr.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

This file can be found in Common files\Symantec shared\SPBBC\ and is not dangerous, but it all depends on where the file is located on your system.
  Mr Depressing  
I found mine in windows, went in to safe mode (f8 at start up) and deleted it from there, ran full virus check... Gone...
Ironically, it can be spyware however, it can also associate with Creative sound card drivers
most likely comes from perfect nav or kazaa
messes with bandwidth for sure
It can also be in your eathlink folder, its some part of earthlink total access. so if its in your total access folder...dont remove it, make sure to chek where its from
forget about kazaa and all its buggy stuff. i´m fed up with all the spyware it installs
Damn I know it messes with my bandwith once it keeps updating info from my computer!
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of updmgr.exe: based on 21 votes with 9 reviews. 4 users think updmgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 6 users think updmgr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade updmgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving updmgr issues

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