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Should I remove Updater?

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 #13,336
United States Rank #6,879
Reach 0.0229%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 24.90 days
734.50 days >
Average installed length: 385.92 days


2.6.53 9.53%
2.6.49 66.30%
2.6.43 24.17%


What is Updater?  (from WebAppTech Coding)

We may collect certain information about your web usage and websites you have visited, which may be shared with third parties and used for advertising. NOTE: THE PLUGIN AND OTHER SERVICES COLLECT AND STORES INFORMATION CONCERNING THE WEB PAGES YOU VISIT AND YOUR ACTIVITY ON THOSE PAGES, SUCH AS IMPRESSIONS, CLICKS AND ...  Read more


Updater is a program developed by WebAppTech Coding. The most used version is 2.6.49, 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. The main program executable is updater.exe. Typically most users end up uninstalling this just after a few days. The software installer includes 3 files and is usually about 1.09 MB (1,141,762 bytes). updater.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 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 96% of users of Updater come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Australia.
  • Possible malware installed by this program
  • Starts automatically
  • Installed as part of a co-bundle
  • Generally known to have a low reputation
  • The experts agree, you should remove it!
Warning, multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in Updater.
updater.exe (afe1c9d617313ac7055774dc190d7f02) has been flagged by the following 12 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
Lavasoft Ad-Aware 1120 Adware.SearchDonkey.A
Bitdefender Adware.SearchDonkey.A
Bkav FE W32.Clodeea.Trojan
Emsisoft Anti-Malware Adware.SearchDonkey
F-Secure 11.2014-11-01_7 Adware.SearchDonkey.A
G Data 14.1.22 Adware.SearchDonkey
IKARUS anti.virus t3scan.2.2.29 AdWare.SearchDonkey
MicroWorld-eScan Adware.SearchDonkey.A
nProtect Adware.SearchDonkey.A
Sophos 4.96 Search Donkey
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.11 TROJ_GEN.F47V1201
VIPRE Antivirus 25262 SearchDonkey (fs)
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

Help link: www.searchdonkeyapp.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\updater
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\Updater\Uninstall.exe /ic=U2
Estimated size: 1.09 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Updater

Program executable:updater.exe (Malware detected)
Updater service
Additional files:
  • Uninstall.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Startup File (User Run)
  • updater.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Updater' and executes as C:\ProgramData\Updater\updater.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • updater.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Updater' which loads as C:\ProgramData\Updater\Updater.exe.

How do I remove Updater?

You can uninstall 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 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 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) 52%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 85%
Keep it 15%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 54.65%
Windows 10 36.50%
Windows Vista 6.64%
Windows XP 2.21%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.60%
Windows 8.1 16.11%
Windows 8 13.87%
Windows 7 Professional 8.28%
Windows 7 Ultimate 5.59%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 5.37%

Distribution by countryGeography

96.08% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 96.08%
  Canada 1.02%
  Australia 0.87%
  United Kingdom 0.87%
  Iran 0.29%
  Brazil 0.15%
  Korea 0.15%
  BZ 0.15%
  Indonesia 0.15%
  SY 0.15%
  Germany 0.15%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 44.99%
Dell 20.92%
Toshiba 10.60%
Acer 8.31%
ASUS 4.87%
Lenovo 3.44%
Samsung 3.44%
Intel 1.15%
American Megatrends 0.57%
Sony 0.57%
Common models
HP 2000 Notebook PC 10.42%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.42%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.58%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.17%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.75%
Gateway NE56R 2.92%


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