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Should I remove Apple Software Update?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
21% remove it79% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Fair
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #8
United States Rank #6
Reach 35.4343%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Uninstallation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.98 days
530.37 days >
Average installed length: 278.67 days

Versions

VersionDistribution
2.1.4.131 5.32%
2.1.3.127 91.89%
2.1.2.120 0.58%
2.1.1.116 1.94%
2.1.0.110 0.09%
2.0.2.92 0.11%
2.0.1.89 0.00%
2.0.1.88 0.00%
2.0.0.21 0.07%

Typically installed together

Apple Software Update

What is Apple Software Update?

With a Windows PC, you can use Apple Software Update for Windows to keep your Apple software up-to-date via the Internet. Apple software includes Safari, iTunes for Windows, Bonjour for Windows, and QuickTime for Windows. In addition to releasing new versions of the system software at regular intervals, Apple also releases a stream of free software updates to enrich your computing experience. Windows automatically checks weekly for software updates provided you have an internet connection. You can choose a different schedule, or check manually if you don’t have a continuous Internet connection. If Software Update finds an item to download, it appears in a list. Click on an item to get a description before downloading it. A Windows version has been available since the introduction of iTunes 7, under the name Apple Software Update. Software Update automatically informs users of new updates. Apple software includes Safari, iTunes for Windows, Bonjour for Windows, and QuickTime for Windows.

About  (from Apple)

In addition to releasing new versions of the system software at regular intervals, Apple also releases a stream of free software updates to enrich your computing experience. Mac OS X automatically checks weekly for software updates provided you have an internet connection. You can choose a different schedule, or check...  Read more
Overview
  • Starts automatically
  • Connects to a server over the Internet
Apple Software Update has been found to be bundled with 3rd party software. If you have not purposefully installed this, you should be safe uninstalling it.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.apple.com/softwareupdate
Help link: www.apple.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /I{789A5B64-9DD9-4BA5-915A-F0FC0A1B7BFE}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 2.32 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Apple Software Update

Program executable:SoftwareUpdate.exe
Name:Apple Software Update
Path:C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\SoftwareUpdate.exe
MD5:34ebd4ff6a24d86bb4716d6afcc1a89b
Software Update is a software tool by Apple Inc. that installs the latest version of Apple software on computers. A Windows version has been available since the introduction of iTunes 7, under the name Apple Software Update. Software Update...
Additional files:
  • ScriptingObjectModel.dll - Apple Software Update
  • softwareupdate.exe
  • SoftwareUpdateAdmin.dll
  • SoftwareUpdateFiles.dll
  • iTunesMobileDevice.dll - iTunesMobileDevice
  • ITDetector.ocx - ITDetector Module
  • SetupAdmin.exe - SetupAdmin (Apple Installer (Elevated))
  • QuickTimeInstaller.exe - QuickTime (QuickTime Installer)
  • QuickTimeInstaller-7.6.6.exe
  • iCloudSetup.exe - iCloud (iCloud Installer)
  • iTunes.dll - iTunes
  • iTunes.exe
  • iTunes64Setup.exe - iTunes Installer
  • iTunesAdmin.dll - iTunes Administrative DLL
  • iTunesHelper.dll - iTunesHelper DLL
  • iTunesHelper.exe - iTunesHelper
  • iTunesHelperLocalized.dll - iTunesHelper Resource Library
  • iTunesOutlookAddIn.dll - iTunes Outlook Add-in
  • iTunesSetup.exe
  • SoftwareUpdateFilesLocalized.dll - Atualização de Software da Apple
  • softwareupdatelocalized.dll
  • exeinstallplugin.dll
  • msiinstallplugin.dll
  • lpk.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Autoplay Handler
  • iTunes.exe is registered as an AutoPlay event handler named 'iTunesShowSongsOnArrival' with the ProgID of 'iTunes.ShowSongsOnCD' and the action verb 'showsongs.
4 Scheduled Tasks
  • SoftwareUpdate.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{9C01CE8C-03C2-4E01-BB34-BC662340EA82}' (runs on registration).
  • iTunes.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{D9FFD25B-4319-4BCE-BA68-84149317A206}' (runs on registration).
  • iTunesHelper.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{C5B82BCA-CBC2-4325-9ADF-26AA4C9C40D6}' (runs on registration).
  • iTunes64Setup.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{5D486696-2271-4C1B-BEAD-4B221E002236}'.
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • SoftwareUpdate.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named AppleSoftwareUpdate.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • iTunesHelper.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'iTunesHelper' which loads as "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe".
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • iTunes.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\itunes\iTunes.exe'.
  • SoftwareUpdate.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\SoftwareUpdate.exe'.
  • iTunesHelper.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\PROGRAM FILES\ITUNES\ITUNESHELPER.EXE'.
Network connections
  • iTunes.exe connects to 17.154.66.69 (port 443).
  • iTunes.exe connects to 17.173.66.48 (port 443).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

SoftwareUpdate.exe
Memory:8.58 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0081179871%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00552406%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00259392%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,051,645
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:4.05 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:1.99 KB
105.02 KB average
iTunes.exe
Memory:142.03 MB
Total CPU:0.0024858505%
Kernel CPU:0.00129581%
User CPU:0.00119004%
CPU cycles/sec:25,095,601
Switches/sec:305
I/O reads/min:431.41 KB
I/O writes/min:394.96 KB
iTunes64Setup.exe
Memory:3.91 MB
Total CPU:0.0001237865%
Kernel CPU:0.00001026%
User CPU:0.00011353%

How do I remove Apple Software Update?

Quickly and completely remove Apple Software Update from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Apple Software Update from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Apple Software Update, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Apple Software Update.

OS VERSIONS
Win 7 (SP1) 56%
Win 8.1 0%
 
HOW IT STARTS
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
 
USER ACTIONS
Uninstall it 21%
Keep it 79%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.43%
Windows 8 28.47%
Windows Vista 7.18%
Windows XP 4.89%
Windows 8.1 0.02%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 35.44%
Windows 8.1 11.09%
Windows 7 Ultimate 10.75%
Windows 7 Professional 10.52%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.69%
Microsoft Windows XP 4.89%

Distribution by countryGeography

52.34% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 52.34%
  United Kingdom 5.63%
  Germany 5.17%
  Canada 4.21%
  France 3.31%
  Italy 2.56%
  Australia 2.46%
  Netherlands 1.56%
  Brazil 1.49%
  Belgium 1.05%
  Sweden 0.98%
  Spain 0.97%
  Japan 0.85%
  Mexico 0.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 28.75%
Dell 22.83%
Acer 15.43%
ASUS 9.89%
Toshiba 8.72%
GIGABYTE 4.55%
Lenovo 3.93%
Samsung 3.87%
Intel 1.30%
American Megatrends 0.73%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.64%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.74%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.47%
ASUS All Series 3.34%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.95%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.53%

About Apple

Apple designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer programs, and personal computers.
Publisher URL: www.apple.com

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