How to remove the winupdates virus

Most antivirus programs identify winupdates.exe as malware—such as Microsoft identifies it as Worm:Win32/Alcan.B, and Kaspersky identifies it as

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Winupdates.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winupdates
Winupdates.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as inno setup or hier8v belongs to software inno setup or nefp1g by inno setup (

Description: Winupdates.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Winupdates.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 2,379,776 bytes. 
The winupdates.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Userinit). The program has no visible window. Winupdates.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify winupdates.exe related errors

If winupdates.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 151,552 bytes. The program has a visible window. Winupdates.exe is a file with no information about its developer. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Userinit). It is not a Windows core file. winupdates.exe appears to be a compressed file.

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: You should check the winupdates.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

doesn't seem to bother anything - been on my computer for a long time, hidden folder, 4.0kb, in the folder is a zip not giving me a problem that I know of
This one is very dangerous, if not stopped immediately it will write itself into your registry, startup programs, rewrite registry entries, duplicate itself into your prefetch folder, write itself into all saved restored points, until it finally restarts computer and blocks all attempts to login, no matter if under normal or any F8 safe mode options. Informed Symantec of seriousness...
  Anthony lost computer  
can come from downloading and running the setup.exe file in any zip file off of limewire or other P2P network that is 851.7KB. It is known as the W32 Alcra B virus also known as W32/Alcan.worm!p2p It disabled task manager as well as regedit
This takes up most of the CPU and disables the task manager. I was able to delete winupdate.exe via the link. This doesn't just work for the winupdate.exe virus/spyware file it also gets rid of 99% of other harmful files
  Ian Hill   (further information)
Harmless system file responsible for keeping windows anti-virus systems updated.
  Fred   (further information)
creates a file named drsmartload.exe and downloads adware onto your computer and it disables the windows task manager
  mike   (further information)
this program is part of a worm, it will stop access to your task manager and should be terminated as soon as possible
while downloading over bittorrent it tries to run a weblink to a modified msconfig.exe and places winupdates.exe in c:\
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of winupdates.exe: based on 39 votes with 9 reviews. One user thinks winupdates.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. 29 users think winupdates.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade winupdates.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving winupdates issues

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

Other processes

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