What is wupdt.exe?
Wupdt.exe is an adware program that is associated with the IMISERV virus, which is a backdoor Trojan that is used to control an unprotected system from a remote location. The wpudt.exe process monitors your internet activities and uses this information to display advertisements on your system. This process is a security threat and if found running, should be immediately removed from the system.
The wupdt.exe file loads automatically when you start your computer.
By default, the wupdt.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. You may find this file in the following sizes: 33,792, 65,536, 73,728, 33,280, and 69,632 bytes.
You may find an entry related to this file in the registry in the following location that enables it to load at system startup:
Below is a list of files that are associated with wupdt.exe:
- Desktop Toolbar.dsk
How to check if wupdt.exe is running on a system
To verify if wupdt.exe is running on your system or not, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the Windows Task Manager window and click the Processes tab to view the list of current processes running on your system. Go through this list carefully and see if you find wupdt.exe running.
How to get rid of wupdt.exe
If you find wupdt.exe present on your computer, we recommend that you immediately run a virus/malware scan of your entire system using reliable antimalware software, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease to get rid of the wupdt.exe file and all its associated files.
After you have removed all traces of wupd.exe and its associated malware programs from your system, run a registry scan using a reliable registry cleaning tool, such as RegServe to clean your registry of any invalid, corrupt, or obsolete entries that the malware may have added to your registry.
How to prevent wupdt.exe from entering your system
The wupdt.exe file is installed on your system by the IMISERV virus. By taking correct precautionary methods, you can prevent the IMISERV virus from compromising your system?s security:
- Install reliable antivirus and antispyware tools on your system and keep them updated with the latest virus definitions and updates. Ensure that your protective software provides you real-time protection and schedule regular virus/malware scans on your system.
- Ensure a Firewall is installed and properly configured on your system.
- Do not download programs or files from unsolicited or dubious looking websites.
- Do not use a file-to-file sharing application to download or upload any audio or video files.
- Do not open attachments that come with unsolicited emails.
The security of your computer is your own responsibility. A little vigilance and some amount of regular preventive maintenance can help in keeping your PC as good as new for a long time.