What is UpdReg.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 UpdReg.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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UpdReg.EXE file information

Windows Task Manager with UpdReg
UpdReg.EXE process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Creative UpdReg belongs to software Creative Updreg by Creative Technology (

Description: UpdReg.EXE is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The UpdReg.EXE file is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 90,112 bytes (98% of all occurrences), 27,660 bytes, 86,016 bytes, 118,428 bytes or 110,592 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). UpdReg.EXE is not a Windows core file. UpdReg.EXE is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware disguises itself as UpdReg.EXE, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the UpdReg.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

It's for Creative Audio cards. If you want to check for updates.
It's an important part of Creative labs sound drivers.
known as started by SB, removed perfectly by Kaspersky, thanks!
Nonessential updater
This file is Harmless really. It could be considered "Adware" but i dont think it is.
Disable it, its not needed AT ALL!
i had it too despite having registered, it seems to be vital for creative customer support
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of UpdReg.EXE: based on 37 votes with 9 reviews. 18 users think UpdReg.EXE is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think UpdReg.EXE is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade UpdReg.EXE ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving UpdReg issues

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