How to remove the Windows Update virus

Most antivirus programs identify Windows Update.exe as malware—for instance TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_FORUCON.BMC, and Kaspersky identifies it as not-a-virus:PSWTool.Win32.NetPass.cif.

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Windows Update.exe file information

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Description: Windows Update.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The Windows Update.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,129,920 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 533,504 bytes. 
The Windows Update.exe file is not a Windows system file. Windows Update.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous.

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If Windows Update.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 692,813 bytes. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Windows Update.exe is able to manipulate other programs.

Important: You should check the Windows Update.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 Windows Update issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active Windows Update process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the Windows Update.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

Windows Update.exe [all]