How to remove the wuauclt10 virus

Most antivirus programs identify wuauclt10.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as Adware.MediaPass, and TrendMicro identifies it as PAK_Generic.001.

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Wuauclt10.exe file information

The process known as SPstream belongs to software StreamHandler by SP Technologies (

Description: Wuauclt10.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Wuauclt10.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 788,189 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 383,488 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run, DEFAULT\Run). Wuauclt10.exe is not a Windows core file. Wuauclt10.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify wuauclt10.exe related errors

Important: You should check the wuauclt10.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SPstream has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Laut ist dies ein Trojaner ("Wuauclt10.exe is Trojan/Backdoor.")
  Nicolas Z.  

Summary: Average user rating of wuauclt10.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks wuauclt10.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving wuauclt10 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active wuauclt10 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the wuauclt10.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 cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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