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What does the SoftwareUpdate.exe file do?

The SoftwareUpdate.exe process is also known as Update and is a part of Software Updater or, as the case may be, Apple Software. This software is produced by Auto-Update.m or, as the case may be, Apple (www.apple.com). An obsolete or defective version of SoftwareUpdate.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 SoftwareUpdate.exe Update

SoftwareUpdate.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file SoftwareUpdate.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 561,984 bytes (42% of all these files), 433,440 bytes, 566,592 bytes, 412,448 bytes or, as the case may be, 917,504 bytes.
The SoftwareUpdate file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. SoftwareUpdate.exe is capable of supervise programs as well as record keystrokes. For this reason, 18% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A SoftwareUpdate.exe file has a 42% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 917,504 bytes (85% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 241,952 bytes. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The SoftwareUpdate file is not part of the Windows operating system. SoftwareUpdate.exe is capable of monitor other applications.

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 SoftwareUpdate.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 SoftwareUpdate?

softwareupdate.exe belongs to Apple Software Update and gets installed in most cases when a user updates iTunes and/or QuickTime. This program is scheduled to check once a week for updates to iTunes and QuickTime and, when updates are available, a big screen pops up asking you if you want to download and install the updates.
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Summary: One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Software Updater or Apple Software

To remove 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 Software Updater or Apple Software in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if SoftwareUpdate.exe (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 Update. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for 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 SoftwareUpdate.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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