What is DivXUpdate.exe?

The genuine DivXUpdate.exe file is a software component of DivX Media Server by DivX.
DivX Media Server is a media streaming service. DivXUpdate.exe updates the DivX Media Server. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. DivX is a family of products created by DivX, LLC (originally called DivXNetworks, Inc.). The DivX Codec acquired a lot of popularity due to its ability to compress long video segments into tiny sizes while maintaining relatively high visual quality. DivX was once known as Zoom TV, a video renting system conceived by a Los Angeles agency partnered up with Circuit City Stores, one of the largest retailers of consumer electronics in the U.S. at the time. DivX, Inc. is an American company that develops multimedia codecs such as the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC DivX Plus for the Windows and Macintosh platforms. The company was founded in 1999 by Jerome Rota and was acquired by a series of companies such as Sonic Solutions, Rovi Corporation, and most recently, NeuLion. Divx is headquartered in San Diego, California, USA.

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 DivXUpdate.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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DivXUpdate.exe file information

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

The process known as DivX Update or DivX Binary File or DivX Setup belongs to software DivX Update or DivX Setup or DivX Software by DivX (

Description: DivXUpdate.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. DivXUpdate.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,259,376 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 1,861,968 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The DivXUpdate.exe file is a Verisign signed file. DivXUpdate.exe is digitally signed. The DivXUpdate.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with DivXUpdate.exe, you may also do the following:
  1) remove the entire program DivX or DivX Setup using Windows Control Panel
  2) look for help on the website.

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

DivX Automatic Update Service - unnecessary but legit
Divx Update utility
  meetoo   (further information)
doesn't seem to update DIVX app
  kathy bailey  
not dangerous, but totally useless service that should be disabled

Summary: Average user rating of DivXUpdate.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think DivXUpdate.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks DivXUpdate.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving DivXUpdate issues

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