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Should I remove FilesFrog Update Checker?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
86% remove it14% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #690
United States Rank #2,767
Reach 0.9922%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.67 days
639.21 days >
Average installed length: 335.86 days

FilesFrog Update Checker

What is FilesFrog Update Checker?

FilesFrog Update Checker a software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software updates for any software downloaded through the FilesFrog web site and alerts the user or automatically downloads and installs them if found, depending on the selected settings.

This program is powered by Somoto, a sofrware download monitization platform which bundles various toolbars including the Somoto Toolbar.

About  (from Somoto)

FilesFrog is a software update checker that keeps all your desktop software up to date. It was created to make it easier for you to be informed of newer versions of your favorite software and to make the entire process of transitioning to it simpler and faster. Our service main features include: Only the best software,...  Read more


During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. 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 primary executable is named update_checker.exe. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 6 files and is usually about 1.46 MB (1,529,492 bytes).
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Connects to the Internet
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • This program has a poor reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in FilesFrog Update Checker.
update_checker.exe (adfa9e9a1f8f05bd2db2773b7443029a) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
avast! 2014.9-130630 Win32:Somoto-J [PUP]
Dr.Web Adware.Somoto.14
FilesFrog Update Checker 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.filesfrog.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\filesfrog update checker\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\FilesFrog Update Checker\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 1.46 MB

Program filesFiles installed by FilesFrog Update Checker

Program executable:update_checker.exe (Malware detected)
Name:FilesFrog.com Update Checker
Path:C:\Program Files\filesfrog update checker\update_checker.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Somoto FilesFrog.com Update Checker (update_checker.exe) is the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and...
Additional files:
  • uninstall.exe - FilesFrog Update Checker

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • update_checker.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{40FEB83E-224E-4A8A-B482-8EC7C7DAD85A}' (runs on registration).
Startup File (User Run)
  • update_checker.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SDP' and executes as C:\Program Files\FilesFrog Update Checker\update_checker.exe /auto.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • update_checker.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SDP' which loads as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\FilesFrog Update Checker\update_checker.exe /auto.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • update_checker.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\FilesFrog Update Checker\update_checker.exe'.
Network connections
  • update_checker.exe connects to (port 80).
  • update_checker.exe connects to (port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:2.13 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0010652092%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00068065%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00038456%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:12,705
8,062,084 average

How do I remove FilesFrog Update Checker?

You can uninstall FilesFrog 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 FilesFrog 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 FilesFrog Update Checker.
  4. If for some reason uninstallation fails, please install Microsoft's uninstall fixer utility which will help fix problems with programs that can't be uninstalled at support.microsoft.com.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 86%
Keep it 14%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 68.97%
Windows 10 21.79%
Windows XP 6.12%
Windows Vista 3.12%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Ultimate 26.82%
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.17%
Windows 7 Professional 10.86%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.05%
Windows 8.1 4.64%
Windows 8 Pro 3.65%

Distribution by countryGeography

13.38% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 13.38%
  Brazil 7.16%
  MA 4.55%
  Germany 4.46%
  Italy 3.93%
  Saudi Arabia 3.50%
  Egypt 3.36%
  DZ 3.09%
  India 2.88%
  France 2.35%
  United Kingdom 2.30%
  Israel 2.21%
  IQ 2.17%
  Canada 1.88%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.97%
Acer 20.89%
Dell 19.04%
ASUS 9.38%
Toshiba 7.24%
Samsung 5.13%
Lenovo 4.02%
Intel 1.24%
American Megatrends 0.81%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 9.50%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.35%
Dell Inspiron N5110 4.03%
Dell Inspiron N5010 2.47%
Dell Inspiron 3521 2.45%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.26%

About Somoto

Partnering with Somoto enables software developers to integrate a clean & dynamic recommendation screen that encourages the user to try a trusted 3rd party software, among them the Somoto Toolbar Customizable Platform.
Publisher URL: www.somotoinc.com

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Fricken Arsehatsover a year ago
Ooops, appears there is another file in the AppData > Local > Temp folder named update checker setup, get rid of it also
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Fricken Arsehatsover a year ago
In Windows 7 Go to task manager (ctrl+Alt+Delete), then delete, and quit the file frog task/process, then go back and delete it from ; computer > Local dicsk(c) > users > user name > AppData > Local > You will have to allow the show hidden files option first (google it) as AppData is a hidden file in your user accounts
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filebulldog not filesfrogover a year ago
Please note, this is about Somoto filebulldog (already renamed), not filesfrog.com (which is also a software updater).
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IT's that guyover a year ago
Found this on a laptop that a user brought in. Damn, what happened to this thing....?
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lolllover a year ago
Delete any program associated with somoto.ltd
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Herman Mortimerover a year ago
From what I've read from other sources, my advise to U all like Anon says is "GET RID OF IT" now! If U all have problems in eliminating this plague from Ur OS, try CC Cleaner and/or Revo Uninstaller PRO and that will do the trick. NO KIDDING, it's malware/spyware AND virus-ware at its WORST. Also like Anon says, I'll be on one site AND it'll shift U to another without my permission.
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IpsyUpsyover a year ago
It won't even let me uninstall the thing. Says it can't delete it because it may already be deleted and would I like to delete it from the options menu? It's like SweetPacks all over again >:(
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tickedover a year ago
I downloaded it and cant open emails now.
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anonover a year ago
It is terrible. redirects your webpages away from intended destinations. Get rid of it.
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klickskicksover a year ago
just deleted it, now i can't access any of my libaries files :( stupid viruses!