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Should I remove SoftwareUpdater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
85% remove it15% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,047
United States Rank #7,605
Reach 0.3175%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 35.46 days
1045.99 days >
Average installed length: 549.59 days


What is SoftwareUpdater?

SoftwareUpdater is the update program which runs on the PC and checks for updates and automatically downloads and installs them if found based on the user's settings. The program can be configured by the user for maintaining a schedule for when to check the remote server for periodic software updates. The program is primarily designed to keep the software up to date or provide product patches if required. In addition to releasing new versions of the software at regular intervals, the update program can provide additional information to the user. Users can choose a different schedule, or check manually if they don’t have a continuous Internet connection. If it finds an item to download, it will download and install the new update.

The included Windows Service named SrvUpdater (UpdaterService.exe) has been classified by a few antivirus scanners as potential malware. For instance, TrendMicro HouseCall detects it as TROJ_GEN.F47V0213 and Commtouch as W32/Trojan.YNPE-2351.


It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 main program executable is AppsUpdater.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 489.51 KB (501,258 bytes). AppsUpdater.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Installs a Windows Service
  • 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 SoftwareUpdater.
AppsUpdater.exe (feb6acf13060d20705f1c30ba6e35254) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Kingsoft AntiVirus 331020.49267 Win32.Troj.Undef.(kcloud)
Sophos 4.94 Vittalia
UpdaterService.exe (022eaf595f3cdc5bea07bbb4627cbd7d) has been flagged by the following 22 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware Trojan.Generic.11217364
AhnLab-V3 None PUP/Win32.Downloader
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Rootkit-gen [Rtk]
Baidu-International Trojan.MSIL.Vittalia.D
Bitdefender 7.2 Trojan.Generic.11217364
CMC Antivirus Trojan.MSIL.Agent!O
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Trojan.Generic.11217364 (B)
ESET-NOD32 9726 a variant of MSIL/Vittalia.D
Fortinet FortiGate 4 Adware/Vittalia
F-Secure 11.0.19100.45 Trojan.Generic.11217364
G Data 24 Trojan.Generic.11217364
IKARUS anti.virus T3. Trojan.SuspectCRC
K7 AntiVirus 9.176.11888 Trojan ( 00490d481 )
K7GW 9.176.11888 Trojan ( 00490d481 )
McAfee Artemis!022EAF595F3C
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!022EAF595F3C
MicroWorld-eScan Trojan.Generic.11217364
nProtect 2014-04-25.01 Trojan.Generic.11217364
Qihoo-360 Win32/RootKit.Rootkit.7e5
Sophos 4.98.0 Vittalia
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700-1001 TROJ_GEN.F47V0418
VIPRE Antivirus 28606 Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
uninstall.exe (3745639103cc57f89c9b6684ac6c5a09) has been flagged by the following 13 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
Baidu-International Trojan.Win32.ToolkitOffers.ABv
Bkav FE W32.Cloda71.Trojan.64ca
Dr.Web Trojan.KillProc.25644
ESET-NOD32 9251 a variant of Win32/ToolkitOffers.A
IKARUS anti.virus T3. AdWare.Win32.ToolkitOffers
K7 AntiVirus 9.175.10735 Trojan ( 0048bc9a1 )
K7GW 9.175.10735 Trojan ( 0048bc9a1 )
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
McAfee 5.600.0.1067 Artemis!3745639103CC
McAfee-GW-Edition 2013 Artemis!3745639103CC
Sophos 4.96.0 ToolKit Offers
TrendMicro-HouseCall 9.700.0.1001 TROJ_GEN.R0CCH0AJ413
ViRobot 2011.4.7.4223 Trojan.Win32.A.Black.191933
       View all 37 all detections

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\softwareupdater
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\SoftwareUpdater\uninstall.exe
Estimated size: 489.51 KB

Program filesFiles installed by SoftwareUpdater

Program executable:AppsUpdater.exe (Malware detected)
Name:Updater Software
Path:C:\Program Files\softwareupdater\AppsUpdater.exe
Additional files:
  • AppsUpdater.exe - Updater Software
  • (Malware detected) UpdaterService.exe - Updater
  • uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • AppsUpdater.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{2C0C655C-355C-4331-B775-6825BEF3ACA0}' (runs on registration).
  • UpdaterService.exe runs as a service named 'Software Updater' (SrvUpdater).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:13.92 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003018065%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00018517%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00011664%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:481,464
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:325 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:3 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove SoftwareUpdater?

You can uninstall SoftwareUpdater 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 SoftwareUpdater, 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 SoftwareUpdater.
  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 Server 2003 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 85%
Keep it 15%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.75%
Windows 10 18.18%
Windows XP 9.47%
Windows Vista 4.58%
Windows Server 2003 0.02%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.70%
Windows 7 Ultimate 23.61%
Windows 7 Professional 11.25%
Microsoft Windows XP 9.36%
Windows 8.1 4.04%
Windows 8 3.98%

Distribution by countryGeography

9.20% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 9.20%
  Italy 7.35%
  Spain 6.68%
  MA 6.11%
  Mexico 4.65%
  France 4.29%
  Germany 4.29%
  Argentina 3.41%
  Brazil 3.00%
  DZ 2.90%
  Colombia 2.62%
  United Kingdom 2.52%
  TN 2.05%
  Saudi Arabia 1.96%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 29.89%
Acer 23.88%
Dell 14.98%
ASUS 7.47%
Toshiba 6.67%
Samsung 5.59%
Lenovo 3.59%
American Megatrends 1.26%
Intel 1.10%
Sahara 1.00%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 9.40%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.21%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.67%
HP Pavilion g4 Notebook P... 2.19%
Samsung 300E4C/300E5C/300... 2.19%
Dell Inspiron N5110 2.13%

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