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Should I remove Software Version Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #543
United States Rank #716
Reach 1.2366%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 17.69 days
521.84 days >
Average installed length: 274.19 days


VersionDistribution 0.04% 0.01% 9.54% 0.22% 0.06% 2.72% 53.96% 15.15% 15.80% 0.40% 0.06% 0.00% 0.05% 0.01% 0.01% 0.03% 0.25%

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Software Version Updater

What is Software Version Updater?

The program is distributed by Amonetize ltd., a program bundling/installation monitization platform. "We provide our own installer software component. Our installer easily integrates with any Windows software product. The installer component offers users which are installing one of our software partners’ products, the opportunity to install some of our advertisers’ software in addition to that installation. The exact additional software offering our installer offers is determined by our sophisticated ad server back-office technology, taking into consideration the users’ profile, the advertisers’ targeting parameters and the software publishers’ restrictions."

Software Version Updater is the updater program which runs with Windows in the background as a scheduled task. It checks for updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found based on the bundled software the platform has included.

About  (from Amonetize ltd)

The visitor experience only differs during the install process. Once the product is installed, visitors will enjoy the same experience and entertainment, regardless of the product through which they were recruited. Additionally, visitors are always respected and protected by Amonetize Network and all of our products op...  Read more
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Automatically starts with Windows
  • Typically distributed through a pay-per-install bundle
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Software Version Updater.
updater.exe (a1ab5a4f345136dbb9c51e0622416a7c) has been flagged by the following 3 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
ESET-NOD32 7.8944 a variant of Win32/Amonetize.I
Malwarebytes v2013.10.28.11 PUP.Optional.Amonetize.A
VIPRE Antivirus 22592 Amonetize (fs)
Software Version 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.amonetize.com
Help link: www.amonetize.com/how-it-works
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\SwvUpdater
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Local\SwvUpdater\Updater.exe /uninstall
Estimated size: 728.11 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Software Version Updater

Program executable:updater.exe (Malware detected)
Software version updater
Software version updater (updater.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 installs them if...

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • Updater.exe is scheduled as a task named 'AmiUpdXp'.
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • Updater.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named AmiUpdXp.
  • a5687.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named AmiUpdXp.
Startup File (User Run)
  • Updater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'SwvUpdtr' and executes as C:\users\user\appdata\Local\SwvUpdater\Updater.exe /reg.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Total CPU:0.6400000000%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.54178218%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.09821782%
0.015104% average

How do I remove Software Version Updater?

You can uninstall Software Version 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 Software Version 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 Software Version 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) 56%
Win 10 0%
Auto-starting? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.48%
Windows 10 22.90%
Windows XP 7.53%
Windows Vista 6.07%
Windows Server 2003 0.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 31.02%
Windows 7 Ultimate 18.79%
Windows 7 Professional 9.56%
Microsoft Windows XP 7.47%
Windows 8.1 5.75%
Windows 8 5.30%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.28%
  United Kingdom 3.66%
  Canada 3.62%
  Italy 3.32%
  Germany 3.13%
  Brazil 2.51%
  France 2.27%
  India 2.26%
  MA 1.82%
  Australia 1.45%
  Spain 1.34%
  Netherlands 1.23%
  Saudi Arabia 1.23%
  Indonesia 1.14%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.15%
Dell 20.39%
Acer 18.06%
ASUS 8.49%
Toshiba 8.26%
Samsung 4.39%
Lenovo 3.29%
Intel 1.26%
American Megatrends 1.09%
Sahara 0.70%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 8.16%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.58%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 3.74%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.34%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.96%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.88%

comments5 comments

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THANKGOODNESSover a year ago
I had the Multibar Malware, and it was disguised as this (i think, because when i removed this, the multibar hijacking stopped)
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trainman261over a year ago
Alright, I've just gotten rid of this (although I'll have to see in the next few days if it's permanently gone). MSE didn't find this, which is kind of disappointing. Although the most disappointing part is that it seems to have been installed with an update to the SUPER video decoder and encoder, which is also agitating, because it's a pretty good program and I trusted the developers (up until now) - both had the same install date, with nothing else having been installed on that day. On the other hand, this might account for the Media Viewer/Media Player/Media SomethingOrRather virus I've been dealing with - which keeps re-installing itself, and I seriously had no Idea where it was coming from. I found the virus when something was taking up a large (well, not percentage-wise, but amount-wise, since I have a pretty powerful processor) amount of processing power, but interestingly stopped when I started using my computer and grabbed the task manager... The reason I knew it was taking up that processing power was because I had a gadget (I'm still on Windows 7) that graphs my CPU usage from the last 15-20 minutes (I also have other gadgets for network and disk usage, and surprisingly, this was using barely any disk time or network bandwith if any at all...). And to think that Microsoft is abandoning gadgets... Anyway, I couldn't use task manager to track it down, so I checked the task scheduler for the recently executed tasks, and there was a task that seemed a little odd. So I looked it up, looked at the EXE file it pointed to, which seemed very fishy, and sure enough, when I looked up the signature, it had the Amonetize ltd. signature on it. Looked up Amonetize, and nearly every entry on Google was talking about viruses, which kind of confirmed my suspicion of that app. (also how I got to this site)
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AlexLehmover a year ago
PUP software installs a scheduler of some kind that installs browser extensions every 7 days or so that inject a number of ad services into web pages to display additional ads in youtube, redtube, ashley madison etc. This plugin is installed in Firefox, IE and Chrome
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Pissed off at amonetize/tidynetworks or %$*&!over a year ago
SVU reinstalls itself after I uninstall it. !!! Awgg...
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Sundanceover a year ago
I have security essentials and it accepts SVU with no warning.