How to remove the winupdate virus

Most antivirus programs identify winupdate.exe.exe as malware—for example Microsoft identifies it as VirTool:Win32/VBInject.DN or Trojan:Win32/VB.WF, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_Generic.DIT.

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Winupdate.exe.exe file information

The process known as PY1SW or qHVreoMGkmSmsAp belongs to software Hsm or eCUuUgasbyis by hglWckAbaqgjbAdH or W34R.

Description: Winupdate.exe.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winupdate.exe.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 704,512 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 892,928 bytes or 13,179,660 bytes. 
Winupdate.exe.exe is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Winupdate.exe.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 62% dangerous.

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If winupdate.exe.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 650,240 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no file information. User opinion: dangerous The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The winupdate.exe.exe file is not a Windows core file. winupdate.exe.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: You should check the winupdate.exe.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 winupdate issues

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

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