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What percent of users and experts removed it?
18% remove it82% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,310
United States Rank #2,462
Reach 0.0928%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 114.53 days
329.78 days >
Average installed length: 173.28 days


4.4 1.86%
4.3 55.39%
4.2 30.89%
4.0 11.86%

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TOSHIBA Software Upgrades


TOSHIBA Software Upgrades is a program developed by TOSHIBA. It is bundled and preinstalled with various Toshiba computers. The most used version is 4.3, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is swupdate.exe. The software installer includes 20 files and is usually about 2.89 MB (3,028,545 bytes). swupdate.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released. In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows Vista (SP2) as well as Windows Vista (SP1). While about 95% of users of TOSHIBA Software Upgrades come from the United States, it is also popular in Mexico and United Kingdom.

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.toshiba.com
Installation folder: C:\TOSHIBA\IVP
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\ARCHIV~1\ARCHIV~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\10\00\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Informa
Estimated size: 2.89 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by TOSHIBA Software Upgrades

Program executable:swupdate.exe
Name:Software Upgrades
Software Upgrades Application
Additional files:
  • NetZero Internet Access.exe - Install NetZero Internet Access
  • csinstall.exe - Software Upgrades (Software Installation Utility)
  • Ivpsvmgr.exe - IVP Service Manager Application
  • netint.exe - NIE - Toshiba Software Upgrade Engine
  • pinger.exe - TOSHIBA Pinger
  • ResetSwupdRegKey.exe - XP/Vista Application
  • Swupdism.dll - Software Upgrades Data DLL

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • pinger.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Software Upgrades' (runs weekly on Mondays at 10:00 AM).
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • Ivpsvmgr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'IVPServiceMgr' which loads as C:\Toshiba\IVP\ISM\ivpsvmgr.exe.
  • pinger.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'PINGER' which loads as C:\Toshiba\IVP\ISM\pinger.exe.
2 Startup Files (All Users Run Once)
  • netint.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Netint' which loads as C:\toshiba\ivp\netint\netint.exe /regserver.
  • Ivpsvmgr.exe is loaded once in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'IVPSvMgr' which loads as C:\toshiba\ivp\ism\ivpsvmgr.exe /regserver.
2 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • netint.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\TOSHIBA\ivp\NetInt\Netint.exe'.
  • pinger.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\TOSHIBA\Ivp\ISM\pinger.exe'.

How do I remove TOSHIBA Software Upgrades?

You can uninstall TOSHIBA Software Upgrades 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 TOSHIBA Software Upgrades, 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 TOSHIBA Software Upgrades.

Win Vista (SP2) 77%
Win XP 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 18%
Keep it 82%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows Vista 89.99%
Windows 7 7.33%
Windows XP 1.69%
Windows 10 0.98%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 80.64%
Windows Vista Home Basic 6.47%
Windows 7 Home Premium 5.27%
Windows Vista Ultimate 2.19%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.65%
Microsoft Windows XP 1.54%

Distribution by countryGeography

94.70% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 94.70%
  Mexico 0.84%
  United Kingdom 0.29%
  Venezuela 0.26%
  Poland 0.26%
  Argentina 0.23%
  Canada 0.23%
  Brazil 0.19%
  Colombia 0.16%
  Australia 0.16%
  India 0.16%
  Philippines 0.16%
  France 0.13%
  Germany 0.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 99.12%
Hewlett-Packard 0.44%
ASUS 0.22%
Sahara 0.11%
Sony 0.11%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite A205 15.24%
TOSHIBA Satellite A135 13.97%
TOSHIBA Satellite A215 13.86%
TOSHIBA Satellite L305D 9.60%
TOSHIBA Satellite L355D 5.98%
TOSHIBA Satellite P205 5.92%


Toshiba electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation that is a diversified manufacturer of electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment and systems, electronic components and materials, power systems, Internet-based solutions and services, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.
Publisher URL: www.toshiba.com


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