Something that has always bugged me with programs on Windows is the large number of processes that runs 24/7 with a single purpose: To check if there is a new update available and if so download and install it. -“Not another one” was my first thought when I found softwareupdservice.exe.
What is softwareupdservice.exe?
Well, I was wrong. I don’t think the purpose of softwareupdservice.exe is to check for updates after I ran it though the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal:
- Jiangmin Worm/Fipp.byb
- Kingsoft Win32.Hack.MSIL.(kcloud)
- VIPRE Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT
- Norman Suspicious_Gen4.AJRKR
- McAfee RDN/Generic BackDoor!cl
- McAfee-GW-Edition RDN/Generic BackDoor!cl
- Sophos Power Offer
- Panda Generic Malware
- TheHacker Backdoor/MSIL.Agent.gvh
- Antiy-AVL Backdoor/MSIL.Agent.gen
- VBA32 Backdoor.MSIL.Agent
- AVG BackDoor.Generic16.PKM
If you see softwareupdservice.exe running on your machine I suggest you remove ASAP.
softwareupdservice.exe removal instructions
- Reboot your computer.
- While your computer is rebooting, tap F8. The Advanced Boot Options should appear.
- On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight safe mode and press ENTER. The computer should now start in safe mode.
- Start Windows Explorer.
- Browse to c:\users\%USER%\appdata\local\softwareupdater\
- Delete softwareupdservice.exe.
Did this solve the problem?