softwareupdservice.exe removal instructions

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

  1. Reboot your computer.
  2. While your computer is rebooting, tap F8. The Advanced Boot Options should appear.
  3. 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.
  4. Start Windows Explorer.
  5. Browse to c:\users\%USER%\appdata\local\softwareupdater\
  6. Delete softwareupdservice.exe.

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