What is winupdate86.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 winupdate86.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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Winupdate86.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winupdate86
Winupdate86.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Winupdate86.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winupdate86.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 23,552 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 24,576 bytes and 8 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify winupdate86.exe related errors

If winupdate86.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 18% dangerous. The file size is 20,992 bytes. The program has a visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name winupdate86.exe, for example Trojan.Virantix or Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Fakeinit or Trojan:Win32/Fakeinit (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the winupdate86.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

Trojan, associated with Netsky Fake Spyware Alert.

Summary: Average user rating of winupdate86.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks winupdate86.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving winupdate86 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with winupdate86. 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 winupdate86.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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