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Should I remove Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
57% remove it43% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #27,370
United States Rank #19,542
Reach 0.0058%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 29.46 days
867.48 days >
Average installed length: 455.79 days


2.6.49 5.22%
2.6.47 64.35%
2.6.45 0.87%
2.6.43 29.57%

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What is Updater?

This is the software updater mechanism for the potentially unwanted software known as Spy Alert. Spy Alert works by installing a browser extension in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Terms of Service:
"Applications may be supported by advertising, which may include display ads (banner ads), in-text ads, interstitial ads, or other types of ads. Users may see additional ads when using their Internet browser or other software applications. We use many partners to deliver the most relevant and highest quality ads possible, and make all reasonable efforts not to show ads that may be considered pornographic, promote violence or the use of firearms or contains obscene language."

About  (from Long Mile Solutions)

Applications may be automatically enabled on your web browsers following installation. Applications or advertisements may require changing your web browser’s default home page, default page or set of pages on startup, default search provider, and other browser settings. So that Applications can function most efficientl...  Read more
  • Starts automatically
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.spyalertapp.com/about.html
Installation folder: C:\ProgramData\updater
Uninstaller: C:\ProgramData\Updater\Uninstall.exe /ic=U2
Estimated size: 1.45 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Updater

Program executable:updater.exe
Updater service
  • 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) 65%
Win 7 3%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 57%
Keep it 43%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 67.24%
Windows 10 17.24%
Windows Vista 9.48%
Windows XP 6.03%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 50.43%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.57%
Windows 8.1 9.57%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 7.83%
Microsoft Windows XP 6.09%
Windows 7 Professional 5.22%

Distribution by countryGeography

67.92% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 67.92%
  United Kingdom 28.30%
  Iran 1.26%
  Nicaragua 0.63%
  NG 0.63%
  Netherlands 0.63%
  Italy 0.63%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 25.27%
Dell 21.98%
Acer 18.68%
Toshiba 14.29%
ASUS 8.79%
Lenovo 5.49%
Packard Bell 1.10%
Samsung 1.10%
Sony 1.10%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.83%
Dell Inspiron 530s 2.83%
ASUSTeK X55A 1.89%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 1.89%
Hewlett-Packard Presario ... 1.89%
TOSHIBA Satellite L75D-A 1.89%


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