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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What is ApplicationUpdater.exe and how to remove it?

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ApplicationUpdater.exe - by Spigot, Inc.

What is ApplicationUpdater.exe?

ApplicationUpdater.exe is an update application for Spigot adware. It runs automatically every time Windows starts and checks for available updates. Multiple anti-virus scanners have detected possible malware in this application: Suspicious_Gen2.VLBCV, WS.Reputation, TROJ_GEN.RCBH1AK. Even though, the file has a valid digital signature it very often comes bundled with adware and PUPs that display pop-ups such as and inject ads on every website you visit. ApplicationUpdater.exe runs in the background without any visible windows. It can download and install additional adware or even spyware on your computer without your knowledge. The most recent variants of this file have been downloading malicious browser extensions and browser helper objects on infected computers that can collect various information including visited websites and search terms. Needless to say, it's not essential and may cause problems. As a results your computer may become slower and wide open for various adware and spyware threats. I recommend you to remove ApplicationUpdater.exe from your computer and run a full system scan with recommend anti-malware program.

File name: ApplicationUpdater.exe
Publisher: Spigot, Inc.
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\Application Updater\
File Location Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\Application Updater\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → ApplicationUpdater.exe