What is upgrade.exe?

The genuine upgrade.exe file is a software component of ZoneAlarm by Check Point.
ZoneAlarm is an Internet security software that protects computers against malware, viruses, spyware, trojans and computer worms. Upgrade.exe runs a process that downloads and installs upgrades for ZoneAlarm. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. ZoneAlarm provides a collection of security services for Windows and Android devices. The product offers real-time threat detection, an antivirus scanner, a PUA (potentially unwanted applications) shield, a personal firewall, anti-phishing, parental controls, identity protection, browser protection, threat emulation, anti-keylogging, pc tune-up, online backup and more. Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. is an Israeli company that develops security products for corporate and personal use. The company develops solutions in both hardware and software products for IT security, including mobile security, data security, network security, endpoint security, and security management. Check Point was founded in 1993 by Gil Shwed, Marius Nacht and Shlomo Kramer. The company currently employs over 3,400 people worldwide and has offices in Israel, Australia, Canada, and the US. Check Point is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel and San Carlos, California, USA.

Upgrade stands for ZoneAlarm Upgrade

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 upgrade.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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Upgrade.exe file information

The process known as RinkNet Scouting Upgrade or ZoneAlarm Windows (version 10 Upgrade Executable) belongs to software Minnesota Wild Scouting or Check Point Internet Security by Check Point Software Technologies ( or RinkNet Scouting Software (

Description: Upgrade.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The upgrade.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 126,976 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,593,808 bytes, 213,752 bytes or 3,998,952 bytes. 
The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: DEFAULT\Run, Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The upgrade.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is digitally signed. Upgrade.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with upgrade.exe, you can contact Customer Service [1][2], see if there is a newer version or uninstall Spyware Doctor or Check Point Internet Security software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify upgrade.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as upgrade.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Packed.Generic.344 (detected by Symantec), and Trojan:Win32/Malagent (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the upgrade.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 upgrade issues

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