Is wuauclt.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of wuauclt.exe:

wuauclt.exe file purpose and description:

Wuauclt.exe is a module that may have been preinstalled on your computer, as it may have arrived as preinstalled software. The exact folder location for this file is also listed below for you, always verify the file and location as spyware and virus writers often use similiar named files and place them elsewhere on your computer. This wuauclt.exe task is from Microsoft and is part of Windows, the purpose is to manage the Windows automatic updates. This will show in your tasklist when you press ctrl-alt-del. This will poll for updates occasionally and will help keep your Windows system patched, and this file is not considered to be spyware, malware, or virus 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 exe file, executable program.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This program is located at : C:\WINDOWS\system32\wuauclt.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, wuauclt.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 wuauclt.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!