Is winupdate.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of winupdate.exe:









File purpose and description:

This is part of a worm or virus known as W32.HLLW.Gaobot.BC (called the Rbot worm), and it is a variant of W32.HLLW.Gaobot.BB. This file may also be found with a name of winupdates.exe (with an s on the end, both are part of the same virus as reported by many). This will attempt break weak passwords as it copies itself across the network. It will also attempt to shut down any virus detectors you are running. This is known as a worm or virus related file, and I would recommend removing this file immediately. (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)
winupdate.exe

File type:
This is an executable file.

File or folder location:
The hard drive location should be searched for, but most likely you will find this file at C:\Program Files\winupdate\winupdate.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, winupdate.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 winupdate.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!