What is update.exe? Should I remove it?

update.exe is a legitimate Windows process

update.exe is the component of the Windows operating system. This is the file that launches automatic system updates. Automatic Updates is a utility by Microsoft that automatically downloads and installs Windows OS updates. The executable is a file associated with Windows Automatic Updates and does not threaten user PCs. However, the common process name can often be used to mask malicious activities of keyloggers, trojans, malware.

Name update.exe
Type Executable file
Problems System performance can suffer when the intruder triggers unwanted processes; malware can open the way on the machine to other threats; security state of the PC is low due to malware activities
Elimination You should run the anti-malware tool and then make sure that you are removing a malicious file, not a safe OS process
Recovery The system gets affected significantly, so you should rely on system tools like FortectIntego to find altered or damaged parts of the device and repair them automatically

The file is responsible for automatic updates, so it shouldn't cause any issues with the system. However, some corruption to file can lead to issues and even error messages. But malicious relation to the actor or malware program can lead to serious problems with the computer.

If the process running in the background is related to anything dangerous, you might notice issues with speed or performance. If so – run an anti-malware tool or security program and make sure that the file is dangerous before you delete it completely.

Possible issues caused by malicious file:

  • Problem during computer start-up.
  • Errors while running specific functions.
  • Conflict in the process.
  • Missing or corrupted driver files.
  • Invalid Windows registry.

Threats like trojans, keyloggers, malware, and other viruses can use update.exe for different purposes, as the file's functionality depends on a particular parasite it belongs to. You are highly advised to scan the system, delete the executable, and terminate all the processes it started. You can do so with tools like SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.

You shouldn't delete any file if it is not known if it is dangerous or not. Anti-malware tools show various detection names and indicate applications or data that are considered suspicious or even malicious. This is the best way to diagnose the file that runs on the machine without causing any issues with performance.

do it now!
Fortect Happiness
Intego Happiness
Compatible with Microsoft Windows Compatible with macOS
What to do if failed?
If you failed to fix virus damage using Fortect Intego, submit a question to our support team and provide as much details as possible.
Fortect Intego has a free limited scanner. Fortect Intego offers more through scan when you purchase its full version. When free scanner detects issues, you can fix them using free manual repairs or you can decide to purchase the full version in order to fix them automatically.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Fortect, try running SpyHunter 5.
Alternative Software
Different software has a different purpose. If you didn’t succeed in fixing corrupted files with Intego, try running Combo Cleaner.
About the author
Ugnius Kiguolis
Ugnius Kiguolis - The mastermind

If this free guide helped you and you are satisfied with our service, please consider making a donation to keep this service alive. Even a smallest amount will be appreciated.

Contact Ugnius Kiguolis
About the company Esolutions