Is softwareupdate.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of softwareupdate.exe:

softwareupdate.exe file purpose and description:

SoftwareUpdate.exe is a program which would have been installed by you at some time after you had purchased your computer, it would not have arrived as preinstalled software (although that may change in the future). The actual hard drive location is also listed below for you, always verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware or adware simply placed elsewhere on your computer, and using the same name in an attempt to fool you. This SoftwareUpdate.exe program is a software program related to ITunes. ITunes is software from Apple, and it's used to download, listen, or view files like music or song albums for ipods and iphones, books for the ipad, or software apps for the iphone or ipad. Whenever you go to help - check for updates, this software will begin running and show in your tasklist as ITunes is updated. This is safe and is not virus or spyware related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)

File type:
This is an executable file.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
The file location will be found on your hard drive at C:\Program Files (x86)\Apple Software Update\softwareupdate.exe

General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, softwareupdate.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of softwareupdate.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!