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

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

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

Purpose of this file:
This is part of a worm or virus known as W32.HLLW.Gaobot.BC (called the Rbot worm), and it is a variant of W32.HLLW.Gaobot.BB. This file may also be found with a name of winupdates.exe (with an s on the end, both are part of the same virus as reported by many). This will attempt break weak passwords as it copies itself across the network. It will also attempt to shut down any virus detectors you are running. This is known as a worm or virus related file, and I would recommend removing this file immediately. Visit winupdate.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 winupdate.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
The hard drive location should be searched for, but most likely you will find this file at C:\Program Files\winupdate\winupdate.exe

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

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        No, this windows task is not popup or adware related software.

  • Is winupdate.exe considered a virus or trojan?

  • Would you recommend that I remove winupdate.exe?
        Yes, I would remove winupdate.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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