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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What is updater.exe and how to remove it?

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Updater.exe - by UpdateWrapper

What is updater.exe?

This file may be malware but also may be legit. It is often used by software developers as an update module but unfortunately cyber criminals use it as well. This particular updater.exe is a part of UpdateWrapper program which is detected as malware by multiple anti-virus engines (VirusTotal scan results). It's a potentially unwanted program that hijacks web browsers, installs bogus browser extension and displays ads on your computer. Some anti-virus engines may detect is as a Trojan TR/Crypt.Xpack.274725. Trojan Horse is something designed to fool you into thinking it is innocent, then, once accepted, attacks you (or rather your PC) from within. And we are playing the part of the Trojans in this whole sorry modern day saga because the malware needs you to invite it onto your system so that it can do its dirty work. Some varinats of this infection can send numerous requests from any number of infected PCs to bombard a website with traffic - bringing about a DoS situation. What is more, it can crash your web browser and display very annoying User Extensions\Client.exe error message every time you turn on your computer. It does not have any valid digital signatures and it's not essential for Windows. Needles to say, I recommend you to remove updater.exe and related malware from your computer. To do so, please run a full system scan with anti-malware software.

File name: updater.exe
Publisher: UpdateWrapper
File Location Windows XP: C:\Program Files\user extensions\
File Location Windows 7/8: C:\Program Files (x86)\user extensions\
Startup file: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run → updater.exe