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Should I remove Yahoo! Software Update?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
54% remove it46% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #242
United States Rank #135
Reach 2.3748%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 19.45 days
573.79 days >
Average installed length: 301.48 days

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Yahoo! Software Update

What is Yahoo! Software Update?

This update program is typically installed with the Yahoo Toolbar and designed to prompt users to install any released updates to the toolbar or other Yahoo! applications that the user has installed on their computer. Yahoo! Software Update is a program designed to manage all installed Yahoo programs on the user's PC and check for and update any new versions of the software if available. This service will run in the background when Windows starts and periodically communicate with Yahoo's web servers to check for updates.


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. The primary executable is named uninst_autoupdater.exe. The setup package generally installs about 4 files and is usually about 685.71 KB (702,162 bytes). The installed file uninst_autoupdater.exe 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.
Yahoo! Software Update 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

URL: us.toolbar.yahoo.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\yahoo!\softwareupdate
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files1\Yahoo!\SOFTWA~1\UNINST~1.EXE
Estimated size: 685.71 KB

Program filesFiles installed by Yahoo! Software Update

Program executable:uninst_autoupdater.exe
Yahoo! Software Update Setup
Path:C:\Program Files\yahoo!\softwareupdate\uninst_autoupdater.exe
Additional files:
  • YahooAUService.exe - Yahoo! AutoUpdater (AutoUpater Service Module)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Services
  • Uninst_AutoUpdater.exe runs as a service named 'Fast And Safe' (64af91bf).
  • YahooAUService.exe runs as a service named 'Yahoo! Updater' (YahooAUService) "Keeps your favorite Yahoo! software up-to-date with the latest features, tools, and enhancements.".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.94 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0053003023%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00355359%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00174671%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:17,035
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:2.46 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:13 Bytes
105.02 KB average

How do I remove Yahoo! Software Update?

You can uninstall Yahoo! Software Update 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 Yahoo! Software Update, 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 Yahoo! Software Update.

Win 7 (SP1) 57%
Win 8 0%
Windows Service? Yes
(Installs a service)
Uninstall it 54%
Keep it 46%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 63.18%
Windows 10 15.31%
Windows Vista 13.16%
Windows XP 8.35%
Windows Server 2003 0.01%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 40.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 12.72%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 10.59%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.25%
Windows 7 Professional 7.17%
Windows 8.1 4.28%

Distribution by countryGeography

69.39% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 69.39%
  United Kingdom 3.61%
  Romania 3.35%
  Canada 1.95%
  Germany 1.87%
  Taiwan 1.41%
  Philippines 1.38%
  India 1.30%
  Egypt 1.17%
  Australia 0.97%
  France 0.96%
  Italy 0.94%
  Indonesia 0.91%
  Saudi Arabia 0.83%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 32.27%
Dell 27.11%
Acer 15.22%
Toshiba 9.85%
ASUS 5.10%
Lenovo 2.35%
Samsung 1.66%
Intel 1.17%
American Megatrends 0.91%
Gateway 0.63%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 6.54%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 5.38%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.07%
Dell Inspiron 1545 3.96%
HP Pavilion g7 Notebook P... 3.32%
HP 2000 Notebook PC 2.68%

About Yahoo!

Yahoo! is a major internet brand that provides search, contents, and other web services.
Publisher URL: www.yahoo.com

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georgeover a year ago
Hassel ware. It keeps hijacking my web browsers. As annoying as it is now, no way I would ever install it. I just wish there was a way to block it completely