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Wupdater.exe is spyware, and should be removed by an up-to-date spyware scanner.

What is wupdater.exe?

Wupdater.exe is spyware. Get yourself an up-to-date spyware scanner and it should remove it, as well as cleaning up related startup problems.

Article C2134 - July 20, 2004 « »

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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July 24, 2004 12:58 AM

Is any free Virus Software to clean Wupdater?????

July 24, 2004 8:50 AM

You mean spyware scanner, right? Check out my recommendations

July 24, 2004 3:39 PM

this plague can be removed by following this path in the registry HKLM\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run
once here you can see it on the right pane highlight and destroy the damn thing.

My Pleasure!!!

i fix pcs
July 28, 2004 8:02 PM

I don't know how similar "wsaupdater.exe" is to "wupdater.exe" but I've recently been running across issues with folks not being able to log into windows xp and the cause has been that Ad-aware 6 (build 181) cannot change a certain registry entry and when the offending ad/spy/mal/crapware (Blazefind) is removed it causes xp to apparently loop back to the login screen. It's repairable and in fact Lavasoft has a knowledge base article on it (#04060901)

I'm not sure if Spybot or Spysweeper removes the offending entry properly, only that Ad-ware 6 (build 181) does not. Yet another reason to use several crapware cleaners, not just one.

July 29, 2004 5:38 PM

Here's what I did to remove the "wupdater" error message (which was driving me crazy).

Click START, then RUN, then type REGEDIT, which opened the registry.

Click on EDIT, and then FIND KEY. Type in "WUPDATER". The command line "wupdater.exe" was highlighted. I then deleted that line from the registry.

Problem solved.

August 6, 2004 2:54 AM

Step 1: remover wupdater from registry

Go to start windows start, selct run. Type regedit. Then go to edit> find, search for updater. Remove all files relating to the updater.

Step 2: stop wudater.exe proces (when it's running (and it is) you can delete the file)
with cnrl, atl, del go to windows task manager, go to processes. Find wudater.exe and stop the process.

step 3: delete wupdater.exe

Go to you windows explorer. Go to search, search for wupdater.exe delete the 2 files.

August 24, 2004 10:45 PM

After these steps is it gone completely. How do i keep safe from similar spyware

August 26, 2004 12:50 PM

When I log on to my aol this message comes up as an error report. What can I do to turn this off or remove it without cleaning out my computer?

August 26, 2004 12:55 PM

Follow the instructions at the top of this article's main page.

November 5, 2004 4:22 PM

Dear Ace,
Just wanted to say how fantastic and easy your steps are, and with your help I got rid of WUPDATER.EXE.
Thanks again

November 17, 2004 12:26 AM

Kool, its about time i got rid of this fkn thing. i kept getting a EndNow error everysingle time i tried to close windows.

thank you so much.
i must have installed wup through KeenValue.exe

December 22, 2004 11:48 PM

I've tried it all ...I've looked in the registry, hidden files, folders, etc. Windows task manager and I can't find the dam thing...Blazefind or wupdater.exe or wsaupdater.exe. What next....please???? Again it's not in HKLMachine\software\microsoft\current version\run. I did get rid of it for awhile that way but I did a system restore and the thing came back, maybe under a different address?


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