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Should I remove OpenDNS Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #3,839
United States Rank #2,343
Reach 0.1414%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 21.82 days
643.61 days >
Average installed length: 338.17 days


2.2.1 100.00%

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OpenDNS Updater 2.2.1

What is OpenDNS Updater?

OpenDNS Updater keeps the user's DNS updated when the router's IP address changes. This is required to keep the dynamic DNS working and updated.

About  (from OpenDNS)

OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web co...  Read more


OpenDNS Updater 2.2.1 is a software program developed by OpenDNS. 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 programs's main executable is OpenDNSUpdater.exe and has been seen to consume an average CPU of less than one percent, and utilizes about 5.35 MB of memory. It also includes a system tray icon that is displayed in the notifications area while the program is running. The setup package generally installs about 5 files and is usually about 898.87 KB (920,444 bytes). The installed file OpenDNS Updater.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. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 78% of users of OpenDNS Updater come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.opendns.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\opendns updater
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\OpenDNS Updater\Uninstall.exe"
Estimated size: 898.87 KB

Program filesFiles installed by OpenDNS Updater 2.2.1

Program executable:OpenDNSUpdater.exe
Name:OpenDNS Updater
Path:C:\Program Files\opendns updater\OpenDNSUpdater.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
OpenDNS 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. The updater will...
Additional files:
  • OpenDNS Updater.exe - OpenDNS Updater (OpenDNS Updater for Windows)
  • OpenDNSUpdater.exe
  • Uninstall.exe
  • OpenDNS-Updater-2.2.exe
  • updater.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • OpenDNSUpdater.exe is scheduled as a task named '@FileIdent_6420' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • OpenDNSUpdater.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Open DNS.
Startup File (User Run)
  • OpenDNSUpdater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'OpenDNSUpdater' and executes as C:\Program Files\OpenDNS Updater\OpenDNSUpdater.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • OpenDNSUpdater.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'OpenDNSUpdater' which loads as C:\Program Files\OpenDNS Updater\OpenDNSUpdater.exe.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • OpenDNSUpdater.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\OpenDNS Updater\OpenDNSUpdater.exe'.
Network connections
  • OpenDNSUpdater.exe connects to api.opendns.com ( port 1).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:5.35 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0012449209%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00088349%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00036143%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:195,983
8,062,084 average
70 average
I/O reads/min:536 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:56 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove OpenDNS Updater?

You can uninstall OpenDNS 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 OpenDNS Updater 2.2.1, 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 OpenDNS Updater.

Win 7 (SP1) 58%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 59.67%
Windows 10 28.87%
Windows XP 5.87%
Windows Vista 5.55%
Windows Server 2003 0.04%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 34.50%
Windows 7 Professional 12.13%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.58%
Windows 10 Home 6.32%
Microsoft Windows XP 5.74%
Windows 8.1 5.16%

Distribution by countryGeography

78.23% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 78.23%
  United Kingdom 4.51%
  Canada 2.73%
  France 1.20%
  Italy 1.20%
  Australia 1.18%
  Brazil 0.78%
  Netherlands 0.73%
  Belgium 0.68%
  Germany 0.55%
  India 0.55%
  Sweden 0.45%
  Egypt 0.43%
  Philippines 0.40%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 32.11%
Hewlett-Packard 27.27%
Acer 10.23%
Toshiba 7.23%
ASUS 6.50%
Lenovo 3.00%
Intel 2.57%
Samsung 2.51%
Sahara 0.67%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.90%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.89%
Dell XPS 8300 3.74%
ASUS All Series 3.31%
Dell Inspiron 530 2.88%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 2.73%

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ksmallover a year ago
It does not update the program but keeps OpenDNS updated of your IP address if you have a dynamic IP address so that you can take full advantage of OpenDNS security.