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How to get rid of the winupdates Virus

Sometimes the winupdates file may cloak a virus, such as TrendMicro found WORM_VB.AS, as well as Symantec found W32.Alcra.B. If your anti-virus software does not detect a virus, try using a supplementary free Anti-Malware scanner.

Other problems with winupdates.exe

The winupdates.exe process is also known as inno setup or, as the case may be, hier8v and is a part of inno setup or, as the case may be, nefp1g. This software is produced by inno setup (www.jrsoftware.org). An obsolete or defective version of winupdates.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 winupdates.exe inno setup

winupdates.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Winupdates.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". The file size is 2,379,776 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Userinit). The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Winupdates.exe is capable of log keyboard entries as well as supervise programs. For this reason, 50% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A winupdates.exe file has a 32% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 151,552 bytes. The program appears as a window on the desktop. The file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Userinit). The winupdates file is not part of the Windows operating system. winupdates.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.

Attention: If you find winupdates.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 winupdates?

keep on inserting files to an invisible folder for LIMEwire
Disabling Windows Task Manager
David Vallée
Disables Task Manager
known virus, spyware
Virus or spyware or something I know it's something bad kill the process!!

Summary: One user judges winupdates.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, 6 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 28 users have already deleted winupdates.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall inno setup or nefp1g

winupdates.exe inno setup fix

To remove inno setup 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 inno setup or nefp1g in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if winupdates.exe (inno setup) 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 inno setup. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for inno setup 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 winupdates.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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