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How to get rid of the UpdateTask Virus

Sometimes the UpdateTask file may cloak a virus, e.g. Symantec found Trojan.Gen.2 or, as the case may be, PUA.Astromenda!gen2, as well as TrendMicro found TROJ_GEN.R047C0OBN16 or, as the case may be, ADW_DWNWARE. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.

Other problems with UpdateTask.exe

The UpdateTask.exe process is also known as Avery Toolbar and is a part of Update for PriceFountain or, as the case may be, Extended. This software is produced by Ask.com (www.ask.com) or, as the case may be, DealPly Technologies (www.dealply.com). An obsolete or defective version of UpdateTask.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 UpdateTask.exe Avery Toolbar

UpdateTask.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file UpdateTask.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 95,232 bytes (20% of all these files), 511,488 bytes as well as 11 other variants.
This file contains no information about the producer or the version. This UpdateTask program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This file is no part of Microsoft Windows. UpdateTask.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 65% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A UpdateTask.exe file has a 53% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 137,864 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 476,160 bytes. UpdateTask.exe does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The UpdateTask file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. UpdateTask.exe is capable of track other applications.

Attention: If you find UpdateTask.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 UpdateTask?

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 Update for PriceFountain or Extended

UpdateTask.exe Avery Toolbar fix

To remove Avery Toolbar 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 Update for PriceFountain or Extended in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if UpdateTask.exe (Avery Toolbar) 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 Avery Toolbar. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Avery Toolbar 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 UpdateTask.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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