What is WebUpdateSvc.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 WebUpdateSvc.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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WebUpdateSvc.exe file information

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

The process known as Web Update Wizard - Common Build (version 2.7) belongs to software Web Update Wizard or Web Update Service by PowerProgrammer by Data Perceptions / PowerProgrammer (

Description: WebUpdateSvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. WebUpdateSvc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 266,240 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 274,432 bytes, 208,896 bytes, 270,336 bytes or 204,800 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. WebUpdateSvc.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. WebUpdateSvc.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Web Update Wizard or CompTracker WCE (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify WebUpdateSvc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as WebUpdateSvc.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WebUpdateSvc.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

I have this file but it is not in the System32 folder, it's in SysWOW64. Deleting from there may be problematic. It is signed by Data Perceptions but does not show up in Add/Remove Programs.

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Best practices for resolving WebUpdateSvc issues

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