What is WkUFind.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 WkUFind.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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WkUFind.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WkUFind
WkUFind.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft® Works Update Detection

belongs to software Microsoft Picture It! Photo (version 2002) or Microsoft Works or Microsoft Picture It! Express (version 9) or or Microsoft Picture It! Photo Premium (version 9) or Microsoft Digital Image Pro (version 9) or Update Detection Module

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Description: WkUFind.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file WkUFind.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 50,688 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 28,738 bytes, 28,672 bytes or 92,676 bytes. 
WkUFind.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with WkUFind.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMicrosoft Picture It! or Microsoft Digital Image, look for help from the software company Microsoft or check if there is a newer version available.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as WkUFind.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the WkUFind.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

I installed an older version of Microsoft Works because I could not find my newer version after doing a restore of my laptop. The WkUfind.exe is an older updater for the older version of my Microsoft Works. I sometimes say yes, and sometimes say no to letting it engage at startup. I do not feel threatened by it, just an annoyance. A good antivirus program should give you peace of mind and knowing when and why WkUfind.exe appeared on your pc should alleviate any concerns as to the safe use of the program.
  Sonny Rowe  
Drove me crazy, too, so I clicked on it to find it's location, went there and deleted it Mine was at c:\program files (x86)\common files\microsoft shared\wkufinder.exe. Problem solved, no adverse consequences, not even to my Works nor PictureIt programs.
  RC Snow  
I just wish I could turn off the notification so I don't have to say "No" each start up when it asks me if I want to allow this program to execute. I've already gone to the parent program, "Picture-it" and unchecked the box but it still comes up and that is irritating!!!
  LC Campbell  
Turn the feature off. Auto-updating is the worst feature to ever have ON in any computer program. (1) Open PictureIt!. (2) Open a picture. (3) Choose the Tools \ Options menu option. (4) Clear the "Check for updates online" option. (5) Close PictureIt!. (6) Reboot your PC. If that still does not get rid of WKUFIND, then also disable it on the Startups tab.
  TUT answersthatwork   (further information)
Nothing at all except it is a pain. I want to get rid of it, but "Uninnstall programs" in Control panel doesn't even recognize it.
  Lionel Howard  
It pops up as a request to install every time I open my laptop. I neither want or need it and would like to have advice as to how I can rid it from my Windows 7 set-up.
  Margaret Walker  
When I downloaded WKfind.exe my computer shut down on me version windows 7. I had to "restore" my computer to get it out. I don't like it and want it to stop bugging me at startup.
  Melissa Gills  
This is 'Microsoft Works Update Detection' - not harmful, and not useful, I will remove it from regedit as it is an annoying program
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WkUFind.exe: based on 23 votes with 9 reviews. 9 users think WkUFind.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users think WkUFind.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade WkUFind.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving WkUFind issues

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