What is WindowsUpdate.exe?

The genuine WindowsUpdate.exe file is a software component of incomer by Apple.
windowsupdate.exe is an executable file created by the FORBOT-BJ WORM, a malicious computer program designed to steals sensitive information from a computer. This file should be scanned with an advanced anti-virus software and removed immediately. W32/Forbot-BJ is a network worm that is programmed with backdoor functionality. It spreads by creating registry items that cause the 'windowsupdate.exe' process from running on Windows start-up. W32/Forbot-BJ operates under the service name, "MSPatch".

WindowsUpdate stands for Malicious Windows Update Trojan

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 WindowsUpdate.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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WindowsUpdate.exe file information

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WindowsUpdate.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: WindowsUpdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WindowsUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,026,560 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 1,847,296 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\RunOnceEx, Winlogon\Shell). WindowsUpdate.exe is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. WindowsUpdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name WindowsUpdate.exe, for example Mal/Generic-L (detected by Sophos), and Trojan:Win32/Malagent or Trojan:Win32/Skeeyah.A!rfn (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the WindowsUpdate.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

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Summary: Average user rating of WindowsUpdate.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks WindowsUpdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks WindowsUpdate.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving WindowsUpdate issues

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