What is ups.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 ups.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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Ups.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ups
Ups.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as UPS Service belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or PowerChute plus by Microsoft (

Description: The original ups.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The ups.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 18,432 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If ups.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 300,544 bytes. The program has a visible window. The process has no file description. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows core file. ups.exe appears to be a compressed file.

If ups.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 572,416 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. It is a file with no information about its developer.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with ups.exe, you can uninstall PowerChute plus software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ups.exe, for example Trojan.Win32.Jorik.SpyEyes.hc (detected by Kaspersky), and Trojan:Win32/EyeStye.H (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the ups.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

Part of Commander Pro, an UPS monitoring software.
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ups.exe XP SP3 PL 18432 bytes MD5: eb90e28b28541ec845e5345609355ca7
  w7   (further information)
ups: Eine USV sorgt dafür, dass Dein PC im Falle eines Stromausfalles dennoch anbleibt und sauber ausgeschaltet werden kann. Eventuell hast Du sowas in den Energieoptionen eingestellt, obwohl kein solches Gerät angeschlossen ist.

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Summary: Average user rating of ups.exe: based on 6 votes with 3 user comments. 4 users think ups.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving ups issues

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