How to remove the WindowsUpdateService virus

Most antivirus programs identify WindowsUpdateService.exe as malware.

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WindowsUpdateService.exe file information

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

Little is known about the WindowsUpdateService.exe process, since there is no reference to the producer within the file.

Description: WindowsUpdateService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. WindowsUpdateService.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 97,792 bytes. 
There is no file information. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. WindowsUpdateService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous.

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Important: You should check the WindowsUpdateService.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 WindowsUpdateService issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active WindowsUpdateService process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the WindowsUpdateService.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

WindowsUpdateService.exe [all]