What does the Upgrade.exe file do?
The Upgrade.exe process is also known as WSCStub or, as the case may be, McAfee Installer and is a part of Norton Security or, as the case may be, McAfee Consumer Software Installation System. This software is produced by Symantec (www.symantec.com) or, as the case may be, McAfee (www.mcafee.com). An obsolete or defective version of Upgrade.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- WSCStub has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- WSCStub 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)
- Upgrade.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module Upgrade.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about Upgrade.exe WSCStub
Upgrade.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Upgrade.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 2,259,832 bytes (25% of all these files), 2,226,856 bytes as well as 5 other variants.
The program appears as a window on the desktop. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. Upgrade.exe contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. Upgrade.exe is capable of monitor other applications as well as Change the behavior of other applications. For this reason, 0% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A Upgrade.exe file has a 46% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 217,088 bytes. The program appears as a window on the desktop. There is no embedded description in this file. These days, this is rather unusual The Upgrade file is not part of the Windows operating system. This process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: DEFAULT\Run, TaskScheduler, Run). Upgrade.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.
- A Upgrade.exe file has a 18% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 3,998,952 bytes. This particular software is recognizable as a window and also on the taskbar. The file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: DEFAULT\Run, TaskScheduler, Run). The Upgrade file is not part of the Windows operating system. Upgrade.exe is capable of monitor other applications as well as interpret keystrokes.
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 Upgrade.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 Upgrade?
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 Norton Security or McAfee Consumer Software Installation System
To remove WSCStub 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 Norton Security or McAfee Consumer Software Installation System in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if Upgrade.exe (WSCStub) 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 WSCStub. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for WSCStub 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 Upgrade.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.