How to remove the winupdt virus

Most antivirus programs identify winupdt.exe as malware—for example Symantec identifies it as W32.SillyP2P, and BitDefender identifies it as Trojan.Generic.KDV.341599.

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Winupdt.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winupdt
Winupdt.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Jossip or Winupdt appears to belong to software Jossip or Server by JLPA.

Description: Winupdt.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The winupdt.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows (mostly C:\WINDOWS\System32\ or C:\Program Files\WindUpdates\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 683,016 bytes. 
The program has no file description. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Winupdt.exe is not a Windows system file. Winupdt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If winupdt.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 401,408 bytes. There is no file information. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Winupdt.exe is not a Windows system file. Winupdt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

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Important: You should check the winupdt.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

Watch out! It's *NOT* the Windows update which you might think it is!
Why does this app initiate outbound IRC communication
this exe is very harm full for system32 effect directlly c:\winnt\system32
first time seen in registry, firewall reports unlimitid requests from ip where this registry key is found
worm working with qgdaemon.dll
Harfd to clean, Norton missed it, so did Sygate, got to use regclean to stop it =)
Hard to get rid of it
Identified by Trend Micro Troj Agent.LR, associated with the following files: Troj Loader C. , Small.QN, Dloader.DH, BRDUpdate.D, VG.A, and Agent.N

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Summary: Average user rating of winupdt.exe: based on 11 votes with 8 user comments. 2 users suspect danger. 9 users think winupdt.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving winupdt issues

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

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