How to get rid of the igfxupdate VirusSometimes the igfxupdate file may cloak a virus, such as McAfee found Generic PUP or, as the case may be, Artemis!C1A17A7A494F, as well as Avast found Win32:Crypt-OSV [Trj]. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.
Other problems with igfxupdate.exe
The igfxupdate.exe process is also known as Updater service and is a part of Intel Graphics Properties. This software is produced by Intel (www.intel.com). An obsolete or defective version of igfxupdate.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Updater service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Updater service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- igfxupdate.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module igfxupdate.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about igfxupdate.exe Updater service
igfxupdate.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Igfxupdate.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 410,112 bytes (33% of all these files), 269,824 bytes or, as the case may be, 270,848 bytes.
The igfxupdate file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. For this reason, 52% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A igfxupdate.exe file has a 52% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 269,312 bytes. It is interesting to note that the file is placed in the Windows folder, even though it is not part of the operating system. This igfxupdate program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. Igfxupdate.exe was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. igfxupdate.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
Attention: If you find igfxupdate.exe on your computer, please scan it with an anti-virus product. If your anti-virus software does not recognize it as being harmful, then please make sure that you have the latest update of the signature file, or check the file online. For this option, you may want to use Security Task Manager. Here, click on the process with the right mouse button and send the file to an online virus scanner.
What do other computer users say about igfxupdate?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall Intel Graphics Properties
To remove Updater service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Intel Graphics Properties in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if igfxupdate.exe (Updater service) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Updater service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Updater service or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or igfxupdate.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.