What is upgrader.exe?

The genuine upgrader.exe file is a software component of Panda Internet Security by Panda Software International.
"upgrader.exe" is a Panda Internet Security executable that runs behind the scenes and checks for updates. If any updates to the security software are found, the file begins to download and install them. This executable has been known to lock itself to run permanantly so that you cannot stop it and also tends to hog resources like RAM. Panda Software International began in 1990 as a softaware security business. They are an international leader in cloud-based secutiy and also provide on-premesis security solutions for commercial and personal users.

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 upgrader.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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Upgrader.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with upgrader
Upgrader.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Updates and upgrades for Panda Internet Security or Panda Updates or Mindspark Chrome Extension Upgrader

belongs to software Panda Internet Security (version 2008) or Mindspark Interactive Network or Panda Global Protection (version 2009)

by Panda Software International ( or Panda Security, S.L ( or Mindspark.

Description: Upgrader.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Upgrader.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 607,536 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 822,560 bytes or 747,776 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Upgrader.exe is not a Windows system file. Upgrader.exe is a Verisign signed file. The upgrader.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Upgrader.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:

Recommended: Identify upgrader.exe related errors

If upgrader.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 2% dangerous. The file size is 51,784 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: RunOnce). The file is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:

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

upgrader.exe is part of developed by KeenValue. Adware displays popups on your system with commercials, or change your default homepage or default search engine to a fraudulent website. The extra traffic also slows down internet en computer performance.
  Alex   (further information)
likely Panda AV updater for some reason very high resource usage.
Upgrader.exe ist ein permanenter RAM-Ressourcenfresser und lässt sich weder separat stoppen noch deinstallieren
  Georg David  

Summary: Average user rating of upgrader.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think upgrader.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user thinks upgrader.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving upgrader issues

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