How to remove the winupdt virus
Most antivirus programs identify winupdt.exe as malware, for example TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_VB.JGT, and Microsoft identifies it as Worm:Win32/IRCbot.C.
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Winupdt.exe file information
Description: The file winupdt.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows (mostly C:\WINDOWS\System32\ or C:\Program Files\WindUpdates\).
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 438,272 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 401,408 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. Program uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. Winupdt.exe is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). winupdt.exe is able to record inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 89% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
Recommended: Identify winupdt.exe related errors
External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:
- "Windows Update Monitoring Service" definitely not required.
- "WindUpdates" definitely not required. Windupdates adware variant
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winupdt.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, 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.
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