How to Remove Updreg.exe from Startup Programs

Purpose of Updreg.exe

The updreg.exe process is associated with Creative Labs products and its function is to serve reminders to users to register their Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! cards.

File Information

By default, the updreg.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. The most common size of this file is 90,112 bytes. However, the updreg.exe file can also be found in 86,016, 21,504, 28,172, 24,588, 24,592, 31,667, 38,924, 20,992, and 25,601 byte sizes.

You can find an entry related to this file in the registry in the following location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

Updreg.exe Startup Information

The startup programs are those which load automatically when you start your system. By default, the updreg.exe process starts automatically when you boot your system.

Is it safe to remove the updreg.exe process from startup sequence?

Yes, it is. The main function of this file is to remind you to register the software for your Creative Labs sound card. You can safely remove the program from your startup sequence after you have registered your sound card. Removal of the updreg.exe process from startup sequence does not have any ill effect on the hardware to which it is attached.

It is important that you keep only the essential processes in your startup sequence. This is essential because startup programs consume important system resources, when you boot or shutdown your system. Too many startup programs can considerably slow down the system startup or shutdown process. As the updreg.exe process serves no purpose after you have registered your sound card, we recommend you remove this program from your startup sequence to improve your system?s efficiency.

How to remove updreg.exe from loading automatically

You may perform the following steps to remove updreg.exe from the startup sequence:

  1. Open Start menu and click Run.
  2. In the Open box type msconfig and press Enter.
  3. Next, click the Startup tab.
  4. In the Startup Item list and clear the checkbox for updreg.exe.
  5. Next, press OK to exit System Configuration Utility box.
  6. Finally, restart your computer.

How to determine if updreg.exe is virus

The true updreg.exe is a safe file and does not present any danger to your system. However, many malware programs install harmful files on your computer that have the same names as legitimate processes running on your computer. This is why it is possible that a rogue updreg.exe is running on your system and is behind various errors that you are facing.

To determine whether the updreg.exe process running on your PC is safe or not, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open the Windows Task Manager window. Here, press the Processes tab to view the list of current processes running on your computer. You should only have one updreg.exe entry in the list.

In case you see two or more updreg.exe processes simultaneously running on the system, it is quite likely infected. To get rid of the malicious updreg.exe files, run a virus/malware scan using reliable antimalware tools, such as STOPzilla Antivirus and Spyware Cease.

After you have successfully removed the rogue updreg.exe file, we recommend you scan your registry, using a reliable registry cleaning software, such as RegServe to remove any invalid and corrupt entries that may have been added by the rogue updreg.exe file.