How to remove the xpupdate virus

Most antivirus programs identify xpupdate.exe as malware—for instance McAfee identifies it as BraveSentry, and Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Renos.gen!A or TrojanDownloader:Win32/Renos.

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Xpupdate.exe file information

The process belongs to software unknown by Olibex or Sawert Alliance LTD.

Description: Xpupdate.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Xpupdate.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,160 bytes (14% of all occurrences), 44,406 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. Xpupdate.exe is not a Windows system file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify xpupdate.exe related errors

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Important: You should check the xpupdate.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

Trojaner downloader
Added by the RBOT-QE WORM!
  SkaryMonk   (further information)
This file gave me tons of virussess... it is bad, delete it if you can.. i totally reccomend this Securety task manager. Thanks guys, all you have to do is quaritene and delete it and then start your system up in safe mode and delete all the files it downloaded..
Appears to be malware - Shelby Group Ltd listed as publisher. Appears to remove abilkity to change desktop appearance and runs itself on startup
  Paul Marteney  
xpupdate.exe also has a Publisher of Boily Systems LTD
It it likely that this trojan is sent out to gain access and control of victim's machine.
  Richard Musick  

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Summary: Average user rating of xpupdate.exe: based on 12 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks xpupdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users suspect danger. 9 users think xpupdate.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving xpupdate issues

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

Other processes

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