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What percent of users and experts removed it?
88% remove it12% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,522
United States Rank #1,284
Reach 0.2462%


VersionDistribution 74.59% 9.19% 7.38% 2.16% 1.42% 0.91% 3.77% 0.23% 0.29%

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InstallIQ Updater

What is InstallIQ Updater?

InstallIQ Updater is part of InstallIQ by W3i, a software bundler prorgam. The InstallIQ Updater Service will run in the background looking for possible updates to the various programs it has installed and if an update is found will automatically download and update those programs.

About  (from W3i)

W3i, is a network of application companies, that support each other. Publishers increase revenue by offering relevant applications during their installation process. Advertisers increase distribution by paying network publishers to include their application as an offer during installation. Users benefit as they receive...  Read more


The most common release is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. It adds registry entry for the current user which will allow the program to automatically start each time it is rebooted. 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 InstallIQUpdater.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 7 files and is usually about 1.16 MB (1,213,140 bytes). The installed file InstallIQUpdater.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Connects to the Internet
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • Known to include offers within the setup
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in InstallIQ Updater.
InstallIQUpdater.exe (013d640ee2ba28429ae422bf20a247d3) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ByteHero BDV 5.23.2013.10 Trojan.Win32.Heur
Malwarebytes v2013.10.30.07 Trojan.InstallIQ
InstallIQ Updater 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.installiqlearnmore.com/installiq_updater_help.html
Help link: mailto:[email protected]
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\W3i\InstallIQUpdater\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{8E1CB0F1-67BF-4052-AA23-FA22E94804C1}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 1.16 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by InstallIQ Updater

Program executable:InstallIQUpdater.exe (Malware detected)
Name:InstallIQ Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\W3i\InstallIQUpdater\InstallIQUpdater.exe
InstallIQ Updater 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 installs them if found.
Additional files:
  • (Malware detected) InstallIQUpdater.exe - InstallIQ Updater
  • (Malware detected) InstallIQUpdater_AVG_RESTORED.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • InstallIQUpdater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'InstallIQUpdater' and executes as "C:\Program Files\W3i\InstallIQUpdater\InstallIQUpdater.exe" /silent /autorun.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • InstallIQUpdater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\W3i\InstallIQUpdater\InstallIQUpdater.exe'.
Network connections
  • InstallIQUpdater.exe connects to (port 80).
  • InstallIQUpdater.exe connects to cdn-208-111-128-6.lga.llnw.net ( port 80).
  • InstallIQUpdater.exe connects to cdn-208-111-128-7.lga.llnw.net ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.64 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0076568718%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00601097%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00164590%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:92,186
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:858 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:355 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove InstallIQ Updater?

You can uninstall InstallIQ Updater 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 InstallIQ Updater, 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 InstallIQ Updater.
  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) 66%
Win 7 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 88%
Keep it 12%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 69.23%
Windows Vista 17.66%
Windows XP 9.75%
Windows 10 3.36%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 56.43%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 14.11%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.52%
Windows 7 Professional 6.05%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.49%
Windows Vista Home Basic 2.39%

Distribution by countryGeography

84.20% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 84.20%
  United Kingdom 3.60%
  Canada 2.33%
  Australia 1.22%
  Germany 0.97%
  France 0.59%
  Israel 0.54%
  Spain 0.42%
  Italy 0.41%
  India 0.37%
  Belgium 0.33%
  Netherlands 0.29%
  Mexico 0.26%
  Hungary 0.18%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 35.58%
Dell 29.38%
Toshiba 11.96%
Acer 11.51%
ASUS 2.77%
Intel 1.45%
Samsung 1.21%
Lenovo 1.18%
American Megatrends 0.99%
Gateway 0.69%
Sahara 0.63%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 7.10%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 7.04%
Dell Inspiron 1545 2.90%
HP G60 Notebook PC 2.78%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.72%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.47%

About W3i

W3i developes a product called InstallIQ that allows software publishers montize software distribution by co-installed bundled software as well as interapp advertising.
Publisher URL: www.w3i.com


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