|Type||May be malware or a PUP|
|Short Description||Updater.exe may run unknown actions and stay active in the background.|
|Symptoms||PC slowdowns, background processes. Runs on startup.|
|Distribution Method||Spam mails, opening suspicious files. Installed PUPs.|
|Detection tool||Download SpyHunter, to See If Your System Has Been Affected By Updater.exe|
Many users have reported in forums seeing an unfamiliar process, going by the name of updater.exe. Experts from file.net have concluded that this process is not a natural Windows system process, and measures should be taken towards the removal of its associated files. This process is also connected with services, by the names of Ask Updater, Updater Service, updater MFC Application, Moodlogic Updater App, Rooz Updater, TopArcadeHits, DJ7s, MZgEIereRHstlRgXxc ,Launcher by Moodlogic or Software version updater. More associated programs with this process could be Positive Finds, Joltlogic, EpicPlay or Advizz, security experts report.
How Did I Get Updater.exe Running on My PC?
There are numerous ways by which you could have initiated this process to a running state on your PC. One of them is by installing suspicious PUPs. This may happen if you install unfamiliar to you software for the first time and it includes other programs as ‘extras’. Another method is if the PUP itself is one of those programs you thought was right for your expectations.
Another and less likely but riskier probability is if you opened a spam mail and downloaded a script that may have initiated updater.exe upon PC switch on. This may mean that you have a Trojan horse, Worm or another type of malware actively running on your computer, and it is important to take immediate actions either way.
What Is Updater.exe?
As mentioned, this executable is not a Windows process and may cause some issues to your machine and the information in it. It has been reported to be located in the Program Files folder or directly on the OS partition on your hard drive (which is usually C:\). Sometimes it may be concealed in the AppData folder or another unknown place. Its size may vary from 486 to 1.391 kb depending on the Windows version and the software it has been associated with. This process is not reported to be visible. For more information, experts advise checking MACHINE\Run and DEFAULT\Run for updater.exe in Registry Editor (regedit in run) as the program may run on Windows startup.
This process is classified as a dangerous one after evaluated by a special security criterias. It is believed to be associated with many programs, some of which are Ask Toolbar or Updater. Experts recommend if you have any of those located in Programs and Features to uninstall them immediately.
Proportionally to how hidden the location of the file is, the security threat level increases. It might be malware if it located in Windows directories or the AppData folder.
How To Detect And Remove Updater.exe
To identify and eradicate all files and registry values associated with updater.exe, you can check in the Windows Registry for any changed settings or locate any updater.exe files. We also reccomend to follow the step-by-step removal manual below as well. However for best results, we recommend downloading advanced malware protection program that will automatically detect anything out of the ordinary and terminate it from your computer.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
- Guide 1: How to Remove Updater.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Updater.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Updater.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Updater.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Updater.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Updater.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Updater.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Updater.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Updater.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Updater.exe and related software from Windows
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Updater.exe on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Updater.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Updater.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Updater.exe and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Updater.exe via Step 1 above:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Updater.exe from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Updater.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Updater.exe from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Updater.exe from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Updater.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Updater.exe from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.