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 Worm.Win32.VB.an.
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Winupdates.exe file information
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Description: winupdates.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 2,379,776 bytes (99% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes, 2,400,256 bytes or 25,600 bytes.
File winupdates.exe is not a Windows system file. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit). The program has no visible window. winupdates.exe is able to monitor applications and record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you experience any issues with installation of winupdates.exe, you may also uninstall VIA Audio Driver Setup Program or MapSource software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 7/Vista).
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If winupdates.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 151,552 bytes. The program has a visible window. Winupdates.exe is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit). It is not a Windows core file. winupdates.exe seems to be a compressed file.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winupdates.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, 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.
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