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What does the PAS8_Update.exe file do?

The PAS8_Update.exe process is also known as Palo Alto Software Update Manager (Version 8.0) and is a part of Palo Alto Software's or, as the case may be, Update. This software is produced by Palo Alto Software (www.paloalto.com). An obsolete or defective version of PAS8_Update.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about PAS8_Update.exe Palo Alto Software Update Manager

PAS8_Update.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file PAS8_Update.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 122,880 bytes (60% of all these files), 114,688 bytes or, as the case may be, 106,496 bytes.
When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. You may uninstall the related program using Windows Control Panel. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The application is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. For this reason, 47% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves PAS8_Update.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about PAS8_Update?

Updater for Business Plan Pro, version 8
Chris Pierce
It appeared after I installed Business Plan Pro 2006, my concern is a related product called "Cash Compass" developed by Intuit who I don't trust nearly as much
Paul Wolfson
auto update/registration exe file for palo alto software(business plan pro)
bobby j
It appeared after I installed Business Plan Pro
it is annoying seeing it running all the time, esp as I installed PAS (Business Planner from Palo Alto))

Summary: 5 users judge PAS8_Update.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted PAS8_Update.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Palo Alto Software's or Update

PAS8_Update.exe Palo Alto Software Update Manager fix

To remove Palo Alto Software Update Manager from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Palo Alto Software's or Update in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if PAS8_Update.exe (Palo Alto Software Update Manager) 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 Palo Alto Software Update Manager. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Palo Alto Software Update Manager 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 PAS8_Update.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.

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