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What is update.exe?

Part of PC Tools Smart Update by PC Tools

What is it?

PC Tools Smart Update is the software updater program which runs in the background of Windows and automatically starts up when your PC boots. It checks for software udpates and automatically downloads and installs them if found.
Description of update.exe from PC Tools
PC Tools Security is a full antivirus and antispyware package designed to protect from known viruses, worms, Trojans and other threats while defending against spyware, adware, bots, keyloggers and other malware. Monitors for and blocks known malware in real-time. PC Tools Security uses spider scanning technology to identify and remove threats in minutes. Warns you about unsafe or phishing websites and displays website safety ratings in your search results. Frequent automatic updates and product upgrades ensure that you are always protected against the latest threats.
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How does update.exe run?

Process - update.exe is an instance of a running program. This program executes under the SYSTEM account within Windows with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. update.exe is executed by the process taskeng.exe (Task Scheduler Engine by Microsoft).

How does update.exe start?

Scheduled task - update.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\RMSmartUpdate.job'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the update.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of update.exe users, 70.0% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\pc tools registry mechanic\update.exe

Are there other versions of PC Tools Smart Update?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)

About PC Tools

PC Tools develops and publishes security and utility software for consumers and enterprises markets. Its products include Spyware Doctor, which provides spyware More...
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File details

File name: update.exe
Publisher: PC Tools (verified)
Name: PC Tools Smart Update
Description: PC Tools Smart Update
Size: 2.1 MB

Digital certificate

Issued to: PC Tools
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 7/9/2009
Expiration date: 8/15/2012

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 27.3804867971%
Privileged CPU: 0.6662079418%
User CPU: 26.71427885526510%
Memory utilization averages
Min working set memory: 0 Bytes

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Child Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\PC Tools Registry Mechanic\update.exe" /SILENT /PRODUCT=RM /VERSION= /PID=219 /SUBPRODUCT=ADOBE

Scheduled task details

Name: RMSmartUpdate
Command: C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\RMSmartUpdate.job

Image hashes

MD5: c99a7aa2c311b3031a6d8bd077bc260e
SHA-1: a7bf27533d497d9f229e612446531ee89536fb48
SHA-256: 7688431aca854e32c3998af7c10b159c9fda0fba663c6124f97cde0da061bb20

PE image details

File packed: No
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