What is update_checker.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 update_checker.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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Update_checker.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with update_checker
Update_checker.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Update Checker or SDP belongs to software FilesFrog Update Checker or Somoto or FaceSmooch Toolbar by Somoto.

Description: Update_checker.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The update_checker.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 201,808 bytes (58% of all occurrences) or 208,952 bytes. 
The file has a digital signature. The update_checker.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Update_checker.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with update_checker.exe, you may also want to completely remove FilesFrog Update Checker or Somoto Ltd. (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or visit the support page.

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If update_checker.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 42% dangerous. The file size is 201,808 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 200,784 bytes, 208,952 bytes or 131,584 bytes. Update_checker.exe is not a Windows core file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The program has no visible window. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). Update_checker.exe is able to monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with update_checker.exe, you may also want to completely remove FilesFrog Update Checker or FaceSmooch Toolbar (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or visit the support page.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name update_checker.exe, for example Generic PUP.v (detected by McAfee), and Application.Bundler.Somoto.AI (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the update_checker.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

Falsche Information: Der Hersteller Somoto bietet eine Webseite für Hilfe & Unterstützung bzw. ein Deinstallationsprogramm - da gibt es gar nichts. In irgend einer Form taucht dieser Schädling sofort nach dem Entfernen wieder auf - zum Beispiel als cltmngui.exe
I've been working on a laptop and its unable to get Microsoft updates. I've exhausted all known means to get updates to work. Its like something is blocking it that Microsoft and AVG can't repair or detect. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware has detected FilesFrog and Somoto files and registry keys, however every time Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removes somoto reg keys it kills the system and a system restore has to be preformed to get back into Windows, which also places the contaminated files and reg keys back on the system. Somoto is deeply embedded itself into the registry. Its a nasty virus! I'll format and reinstall a clean Windows.
Bad virus, PUP and scamware

Summary: Average user rating of update_checker.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user suspects danger. 2 users think update_checker.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving update_checker issues

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