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File: UpdaterEX

Location of UpdaterEX and Associated Malware

Check whether UpdaterEX is present in the following locations:

UpdaterEX file locations that are Windows version independent:

  • C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\UpdaterEX

If you find UpdaterEX file in any of these locations, your computer is very likely to be infected with the following malware:

IMPORTANT: Malware files can be camouflaged with the same file names as legitimate files. The UpdaterEX file is associated with malware only if found in the locations listed above.


Different Variations of UpdaterEX File^

File SizeFile Md5Last Seen
3350F3B635154EF1431887FFC28CDCD45B16May 9, 2016
32168B2E6642BCEF14478680D6C301878E4EMay 20, 2016
3232F0816F56F52D1D58F5C64EE6DDA274EEMay 24, 2016
32329335E6A8E6494F8F821E5E5806570281Jun 23, 2016
3242891B6A133A2A00299EDD8C45BC1D8D5EJun 28, 2016
325467861D59B616AB495B30208F52236786Jul 20, 2016
3224C093F74E804B39990719A10D41BA5CA4Nov 17, 2016
3232455A1F17A37C9AE2703B180C96F21E4DNov 20, 2016
32080A26BCC16BCB967EA1D8B5E9126C5BE9Nov 23, 2016
3326CA17E85A3CB152EF24F7D72E85C04919Dec 9, 2016
3344F58DADA91E947A5EF0D2A21B66FBFAEBDec 24, 2016
32329719BDD930AC3E11410B68E74641ADB7Jan 29, 2017
3224D924C5AD5A909A286660BD91F116E3FDFeb 17, 2017
3232C38176ECBCFCEAE1E552C1B99557BE58Feb 17, 2017
32244CFD736DA073DC8F370C4AE26056859AFeb 20, 2017
321660248EFE8008B9B402355D7217145586Feb 23, 2017

Why Is It Important to Remove Malware Files?^

It is imperative that you delete malware-associated files as soon as possible because they can be used - or are already being used - to inflict serious damage on your PC, including:

  • Disrupting the normal functioning of the operating system or rendering it completely useless.
  • Hijacking valuable private information (credit card numbers, passwords, PIN codes, etc.)
  • Directing all your Web searches to the same unwanted or malicious sites.
  • Dramatically slowing down your computer.
  • Gaining total control of your PC to spread viruses and trojans and send out spam.

How to Remove UpdaterEX^

  1. To enable deleting the UpdaterEX file, terminate the associated process in the Task Manager as follows:
    • Right-click in the Windows taskbar (a bar that appears along the bottom of the Windows screen) and select Task Manager on the menu.
    • In the Tasks Manager window, click the Processes tab.
    • On the Processes tab, select UpdaterEX and click End Process.
  2. Using your file explorer, browse to the file using the paths listed in Location of UpdaterEX and Associated Malware.
  3. Select the file and press SHIFT+Delete on the keyboard.
  4. Click Yes in the confirm deletion dialog box.
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 for each location listed in Location of UpdaterEX and Associated Malware.
  6. Notes:

    • The deletion of UpdaterEX will fail if it is locked; that is, it is in use by some application (Windows will display a corresponding message). For instructions on deleting locked files, see Deleting Locked Files.
    • The deletion of UpdaterEX will fail if your Windows uses the NT File System (NTFS) and you have no write rights for the file. Request your system administrator to grant you write rights for the file.

Deleting Locked Files^

You can delete locked files with the RemoveOnReboot utility. You can install the RemoveOnReboot utility from here.

After you delete a locked file, you need to delete all the references to the file in Windows registry.

To delete a locked file:

  1. Right-click on the file and select Send To -> Remove on Next Reboot on the menu.
  2. Restart your computer.

The file will be deleted on restart.

Note: In the case of complex viruses that can replicate themselves, malware files can reappear in the same locations even after you have deleted those files and restarted your computer. Exterminate It! Antimalware can effectively eradicate such viruses from your computer.

To remove all registry references to a UpdaterEX malware file:

  1. On the Windows Start menu, click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit and click OK. The Registry Editor window opens.
  3. On the Edit menu, select Find.
  4. In the Find dialog box, type UpdaterEX. The name of the first found registry value referencing UpdaterEX is highlighted in the right pane of the Registry Editor window.
  5. Right-click the registry value name and select Delete on the menu.
  6. Click Yes in the Confirm Value Delete dialog box.
  7. To delete all other references to UpdaterEX, repeat steps 4-6.
IMPORTANT: Malware files can masquerade as legitimate files by using the same file names. To avoid deleting a harmless file, ensure that the Value column for the registry value displays exactly one of the paths listed in Location of UpdaterEX and Associated Malware.