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What does the qbupdate.exe file do?

The qbupdate.exe process is also known as QuickBooks Automatic Update and is a part of Intuit or, as the case may be, QuickBooks. This software is produced by Intuit (www.intuit.com). An obsolete or defective version of qbupdate.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 qbupdate.exe QuickBooks Automatic Update

qbupdate.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Qbupdate.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,176,904 bytes (16% of all these files), 1,157,008 bytes as well as 10 other variants.
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. The application is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. For this reason, 32% 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 qbupdate.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 qbupdate?

Its the Agent for Quickbooks 2004 or less - it checks for updates (further information...)
Nick
Came with Quickbooks. I have had it running for many years in various forms as I upgraded Quickbooks. Not dangerous, but also not absolutely required. You control it from the options in Quickbooks.
Don
Updates Quickbooks
Nusaince Program that conflicts heavily with NAV. Causes annoying firewall popup alerts. Probably not spyware.
Matt
My computer ran very slow after installing quickbooks. It went back to normal when I blocked this application in my fire wall. Don't know why it slowed my computer yet
jsm

Summary: 3 users judge qbupdate.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Intuit or QuickBooks

To remove QuickBooks Automatic Update from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Intuit or QuickBooks in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if qbupdate.exe (QuickBooks Automatic Update) 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 QuickBooks Automatic Update. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for QuickBooks Automatic Update 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 qbupdate.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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