What is winupdate.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 winupdate.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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Winupdate.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winupdate
Winupdate.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Winupdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winupdate.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,632 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 786,432 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, win.ini, Userinit, MACHINE\RunServices, User Shell Folders). The program is not visible. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Winupdate.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name winupdate.exe, for example Gen:Heur.MSIL.Krypt.3 (detected by F-Secure), and Generic.dx!ztn (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the winupdate.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

winupdate.exe is added to the system as a result of the RADO virus. It is a backdoor Trojan horse and gives remote access to your computer!   (further information)
All info points to this file being a virus.
Ist ein IRC-Wurm
  Kevin T.  
is virus backdoor (my pc is infected) remove manually

Summary: Average user rating of winupdate.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 5 users think winupdate.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winupdate issues

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