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Should I remove FileHippo.com Update Checker?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
57% remove it43% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #879
United States Rank #925
Reach 0.7801%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.42 days
867.80 days >
Average installed length: 455.96 days

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FileHippo.com Update Checker

What is FileHippo.com Update Checker?

FileHippo.com Update Checker is the updater program which runs with Windows (in the background as a service) and automatically starts up when your computer boots. It checks for updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found based on the user's settings.

About  (from FileHippo.com)

With FileHippo.com our aim is to provide you with the simplest method of downloading the newest versions of the best software - without the usual excessive popups or spyware and without the low quality software. The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this inf...  Read more


Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is UpdateChecker.exe. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 8 files and is usually about 990.52 KB (1,014,293 bytes).

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.filehippo.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\FileHippo.com\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\FileHippo.com\uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 990.52 KB

Program filesFiles installed by FileHippo.com Update Checker

Program executable:UpdateChecker.exe
Name:FileHippo.com Update Checker
Path:C:\Program Files\filehippo.com\UpdateChecker.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
(From the publisher) “The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to FileHippo.com to see if there are any newer releases. These are then neatly displayed in your...”
Additional files:
  • UpdateChecker.exe - FileHippo.com Update Checker
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • UpdateChecker.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{4AC0BBB1-101A-4152-9D47-70C5D68414D4}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • UpdateChecker.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Filehippo Updater.
Startup File (User Run)
  • UpdateChecker.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'filehippo.com' and executes as "C:\Program Files\filehippo.com\UpdateChecker.exe" /background.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • UpdateChecker.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'FileHippo.com' which loads as "C:\Program Files\FileHippo.com\UpdateChecker.exe" /background.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • UpdateChecker.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FileHippo.com\UpdateChecker.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:20.32 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0103288107%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00282762%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00750119%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:156.96 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove FileHippo.com Update Checker?

You can uninstall FileHippo.com Update Checker 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/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program FileHippo.com Update Checker, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: 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 FileHippo.com Update Checker.

Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 8 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 57%
Keep it 43%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 62.86%
Windows 10 21.68%
Windows XP 8.99%
Windows Vista 6.45%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.72%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.90%
Windows 7 Professional 10.73%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.91%
Windows 8.1 5.85%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 4.85%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.72% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.72%
  United Kingdom 5.72%
  Germany 4.49%
  France 4.45%
  Canada 3.19%
  Italy 2.53%
  Netherlands 2.00%
  India 1.74%
  Belgium 1.73%
  Australia 1.72%
  Japan 1.00%
  Sweden 0.97%
  Spain 0.95%
  Iran 0.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.78%
Dell 24.69%
Acer 16.08%
ASUS 8.66%
Toshiba 5.94%
Samsung 2.90%
Lenovo 2.80%
Intel 2.79%
American Megatrends 1.65%
Sahara 0.84%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.77%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.10%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.51%
ASUS All Series 3.09%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.77%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.31%

About FileHippo.com

FileHippo is an Internet download website that offers open source, freeware, and shareware programs for Windows. It does not accept user uploaded files.
Publisher URL: www.filehippo.com

comments4 comments

user comment
user comment
thorax232over a year ago
This is really the best update checker you can find for Windows. In the settings you can set it to automatically run at start-up and if it doesn't find anything it will automatically close and of course use up less memory. Very well built and worth having.
user comment
SaintIvesover a year ago
I use this program only periodically as it tracks less than 10 programs on my system, however I have never had a problem with the updates that were found and subsequently installed. A nice feature is that it can be set to manual scan (in order to reduce startup time by NOT loading with Windows).
user comment
evilfantasyover a year ago
This is safe software. It's an update checker for installed software and is very useful as well as safe.
expert comment
jerry (Expert)over a year ago
Highly recommend this for novices and experts alike. With all the software being used on the average computer, trying to keep all of them current without some kind of help would be a daunting task. It is probably the best of the bunch, in my opinion. I recommend this software to anyone who's looking for a simple and reliable way to keep informed of their software status.