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Should I remove eMachines Updater?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
26% remove it74% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #2,730
United States Rank #1,727
Reach 0.2226%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 11.45 days
337.77 days >
Average installed length: 177.47 days


1.02.3504 0.21%
1.02.3503 0.50%
1.02.3502 3.35%
1.02.3501 3.81%
1.02.3500 7.20%
1.02.3005 6.13%
1.02.3001 38.97%
1.01.3017 26.23%
1.01.3014 13.61%

Typically installed together

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eMachines Updater

What is eMachines Updater?

eMachines Updater is a program designed to manage all installed eMachines 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 check for updates.

About  (from Acer)

The eMachines Updater software provides an easy way to keep the software and drivers on your eMachines computer up to date. It provides a list of the current updates that are available for the eMachines computer. To manaully check for updates, click Check for Updates. To install an update that is available click on the...  Read more


It is bundled and preinstalled with various Acer computers. The most used version is 1.02.3001, 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. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. 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 alu.exe. The software installer includes 11 files and is usually about 3.29 MB (3,446,666 bytes). UpdaterService.exe is the automatic update component of the software designed to download and apply new updates should new versions be released.

eMachines Updater 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.emachines.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\eMachines\eMachines Updater
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{EE171732-BEB4-4576-887D-CB62727F01CA}\setup.exe" -runfromtemp -l0x409 -removeonly
Estimated size: 3.29 MB
Language: English

Program filesFiles installed by eMachines Updater

Program executable:alu.exe
Name:Updater Client
Path:C:\Program Files\emachines\emachines updater\alu.exe
Additional files:
  • ALUTaskScheduler.exe - TaskSchedule.exe (TaskSchedule)
  • ALU_Notify.exe - Updater (Acer_ALU_Notify)
  • SD.exe - SD
  • UALU.exe - ALURecover
  • UpdaterService.exe - Updater Service

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

4 Scheduled Tasks
  • ALU.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{318E17CC-2EB2-4581-99B4-DAFCD0687469}' (runs on registration).
  • UALU.exe is scheduled as a task named 'UALU notificatin' (runs monthly on Thursdays at 10:48 PM).
  • UpdaterService.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B45D7345-2344-41B0-B9DB-7EEB424CEA32}' (runs on registration).
  • SD.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E9DB7965-607C-4CD6-B239-C3AB749A5BAF}' (runs on registration).
2 Scheduled Tasks (Boot/Login)
  • ALU.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 4.
  • UALU.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named UALU notificatin.
  • UpdaterService.exe runs as a service named 'Updater Service' (Updater Service).
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ALU.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'ALU' which loads as C:\Program Files\Gateway\Gateway Updater\ALU.exe -r.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • ALU.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Acer\Acer Updater\ALU.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:1.35 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0004982186%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00010696%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00039126%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:1,066
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:35 Bytes
435.61 KB average

How do I remove eMachines Updater?

You can uninstall eMachines 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 eMachines 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 eMachines Updater.

Win 7 (SP1) 87%
Win Vista (SP2) 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 93.79%
Windows 10 5.49%
Windows XP 0.68%
Windows Vista 0.05%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 87.17%
Windows 10 Home 4.37%
Windows 7 Starter 4.19%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.24%
Windows 7 Home Basic 0.59%
Microsoft Windows XP 0.59%

Distribution by countryGeography

71.37% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 71.37%
  Germany 3.96%
  France 3.69%
  Australia 2.25%
  Sweden 2.23%
  United Kingdom 2.12%
  Canada 2.09%
  Italy 2.06%
  Spain 1.03%
  Finland 0.92%
  Brazil 0.70%
  Taiwan 0.68%
  DK 0.63%
  Japan 0.62%

About Acer

Acer is a Taiwanese hardware and electronics corporation whose products include desktop and laptop computer PCs, tablet computers, servers, storage devices, displays, smartphones and peripherals.
Publisher URL: www.acer.com


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