searchupdate.exe - Is searchupdate.exe trojan, malware, or a virus?

what is searchupdate.exe?
Purpose of searchupdate.exe:

Process or task name:

Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and tasks: searchupdate.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
This program is known as part of "whenusearch adware". This program can lead to popup ads appearing on your computer, and is responsible for the program reappearing even when you try to remove it, as you must also remove the registry entries for whenusearchwhse and whenusearch (under your registry run keys, which cause this to run at bootup time). Visit searchupdate.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the searchupdate.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
The actual disk location of this program is: C:\PROGRAM FILES\whenusearch\searchupdate.exe

  • Is searchupdate.exe spyware?
        No, this windows task is not spyware.

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        Yes. This is advertising related, so it is considered adware and may be causing popup windows on your computer.

  • Is searchupdate.exe considered a virus or trojan?
        No, this windows task is not a virus or trojan program.

  • Would you recommend that I remove searchupdate.exe?
        Yes, I would remove searchupdate.exe if it was on my computer. If you wish to do this, and you get an error message because you cannot access it, you should first terminate the task in your tasklist and then attempt to add it to your recycle bin again.

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