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What percent of users and experts removed it?
80% remove it20% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,172
United States Rank #8,763
Reach 0.0412%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 30.05 days
886.47 days >
Average installed length: 465.77 days

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What is UpdaterEX?

This is a potentially unwanted background updater that is installed with a download manager and connects to info.updaterex.com for additional downloads and updated. The software is typically part of a software download bundle from the Install Core mechanism.


Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. It adds a Browser Helper Object (BHO) to Internet Explorer. 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 primary executable is named updatetask.exe. A majority of users end up uninstalling this less than a week of it being installed. The setup package generally installs about 9 files and is usually about 39.22 MB (41,128,445 bytes). The installed file Updater.dll is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered.
  • Malware detected in the program
  • Integrates into the web browser
  • Connects to the Internet
  • 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 UpdaterEX.
UpdateTask.exe (5f6f4ee3faa18ef7e386864cedf6dc06) has been flagged by the following 7 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareVersionDetection
AhnLab-V3 2014.07.17 PUP/Win32.Adload
Baidu-International Adware.Win32.DealPly.45
Dr.Web Trojan.Packed.28227
ESET-NOD32 8.10106 a variant of Win32/DealPly.S
NANO AntiVirus Riskware.Win32.Shopper.cwzphd
Trend Micro 10.465.22 ADW_DEALPLY
TrendMicro-HouseCall 7.2.237 ADW_DEALPLY
Updater.dll (7269d6f935bc2c0b635655633567273a) has been flagged by the following 4 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware Gamevance LLC (v)
Kingsoft AntiVirus 2013.4.9.267 Win32.Troj.Generic.a.(kcloud)
Qihoo-360 Win32/Trojan.Adware.37e
Tencent Win32.Trojan.Falsesign.Afrl
PlaytopusPE.dll (d136389d18c8c07d532ee643d4c9d77d) has been flagged by the following 2 scanners:
Anti-Virus softwareSoftware versionDetection
AVware GameVance (fs)
VIPRE Antivirus 34752 GameVance (fs)
       View all 13 all detections
UpdaterEX 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

Displayed publisher: UpdaterEX
URL: www.installcore.com
Installation folder: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\UpdaterEX\updateproc
Uninstaller: C:\users\user\appdata\Roaming\UPDATE~1\UpdateProc\UpdateTask.exe /Uninstall
Estimated size: 39.22 MB

Program filesFiles installed by UpdaterEX

Program executable:updatetask.exe
Additional files:
  • atcliun.exe (by Cisco WebEx) - atcliun
  • ieatgpc.dll (by Cisco WebEx) - WebEx Download Module (Download Manager)
  • npatgpc.dll - ActiveTouch General Plugin Container (ActiveTouch General Plugin Container Version 105)
  • Playtopus.dll (by Playtopus) - Gaming Add-on
  • (Malware detected) PlaytopusPE.dll
  • Resources.dll
  • Uninstaller.dll - Uninstall
  • (Malware detected) Updater.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Google Chrome Plugin
  • npatgpc.dll is loaded in the Google Chrome web browser as 'npatgpc.dll'.
Internet Explorer BHO
  • Playtopus.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Playtopus Games' with the class of {8EBA1B69-99D8-4135-BD43-729BA79D5CC4}.
3 Scheduled Tasks
  • atcliun.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Taplika' (runs daily at 6:48 PM).
  • UpdateTask.exe is scheduled as a task named 'At5' (runs daily at 21:55).
  • Updater.dll is scheduled as a task named 'Playtopus Updater' (runs daily at 5:30 PM).
  • atcliun.exe runs as a service named 'McAfee SiteAdvisor Service' (McAfee SiteAdvisor Service).
Network connections
  • UpdateTask.exe connects to ec2-54-214-29-188.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com ( port 80).

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:4.57 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0197655569%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.01041698%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00934857%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,383,232
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:15.04 KB
435.61 KB average

How do I remove UpdaterEX?

You can uninstall UpdaterEX 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 UpdaterEX, 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 UpdaterEX.
  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.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by UpdaterEX you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 60%
Win 7 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 80%
Keep it 20%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 65.85%
Windows 10 29.36%
Windows Vista 4.79%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.18%
Windows 7 Ultimate 14.23%
Windows 8.1 13.99%
Windows 7 Professional 12.13%
Windows 8 5.45%
Windows 7 Home Basic 3.96%

Distribution by countryGeography

47.38% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 47.38%
  Brazil 21.80%
  United Kingdom 7.86%
  Canada 4.93%
  Italy 3.25%
  India 3.04%
  Australia 2.31%
  Netherlands 1.89%
  Germany 1.78%
  Belgium 1.47%
  France 1.26%
  Portugal 0.94%
  Mexico 0.84%
  Japan 0.21%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 30.19%
Acer 22.04%
Dell 18.70%
ASUS 9.63%
Toshiba 6.11%
Samsung 5.93%
Lenovo 3.33%
Intel 0.74%
Packard Bell 0.56%
Common models
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 4.89%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 4.14%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 4.14%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 3.76%
HP Pavilion 15 Notebook P... 3.01%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.26%


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