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What is softwareupdate.exe?

Part of Apple Software Update by Apple

What is it?

Software Update is a software tool by Apple Inc. that installs the latest version of Apple software on computers. A Windows version has been available since the introduction of iTunes 7, under the name Apple Software Update. Software Update automatically informs users of new updates. Apple software includes Safari, iTunes for Windows, Bonjour for Windows, and QuickTime for Windows.

What if I disable Apple Software Update?

If this is disabled Safari, iTunes for Windows, Bonjour for Windows, and QuickTime for Windows will not be automatically checked for the latest version and you will need to manually check to see if there are new updates available.
Description of softwareupdate.exe from Apple
On a Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, or Vista-based PC, you can use Apple Software Update for Windows to keep your Apple software up-to-date via the Internet. Apple software includes Safari, iTunes for Windows, Bonjour for Windows, and QuickTime for Windows. In addition to releasing new versions of the system software at regular intervals, Apple also releases a stream of free software updates to enrich your computing experience. Mac OS X automatically checks weekly for software updates provided you have an internet connection. You can choose a different schedule, or check manually if you don’t have a continuous Internet connection. If Software Update finds an item to download, it appears in a list. Click on an item to get a description before downloading it. If you see updates that you will never use, such as a language you don’t speak or drivers for a printer you don’t own, choose Make Inactive from the Update menu.
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How does softwareupdate.exe run?

Process - softwareupdate.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. softwareupdate.exe is executed by the process taskeng.exe (Task Scheduler Engine by Microsoft).

How does softwareupdate.exe start?

Scheduled task - softwareupdate.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Apple\AppleSoftwareUpdate'. 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.
Apple Software Update is loaded by:

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the softwareupdate.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of softwareupdate.exe users, 90.0% have disabled it.
How stable is Apple Software Update?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
     softwareupdate.exe0.03%
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is softwareupdate.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.05768% CPU576772.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
13.21 MB RAM61.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     160 /min7.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
118 GDI objects78.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
40 context switches/sec40.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\apple software update\softwareupdate.exe

Are there other versions of Apple Software Update?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Apple Software Update.

What programs install softwareupdate.exe?

Apple Software Update by Apple Inc. - With a Windows PC, you can use Apple Software Update for Windows to keep your Apple software up-to-date via the Internet. Apple software includes Safari, iTunes for Windows, Bonjour for Windows, and QuickTime for Windows
Program URL: www.apple.com/softwareupdate/
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\
Size: 2.32 MB
ACDSee Pro 3 by ACD Systems Ltd - ACDSee is a image organizer, viewer, and RAW / image editor programs for Microsoft Windows. ACDSee's main features are speed, lossless RAW/image editing, image batch processing, metadata (Exif/IPTC), with support to
Program URL: www.acdsee.com
Program help URL: go.acdsystems.com/client/en/301875
Install path: C:\Program Files\ACD Systems\
Size: 83.82 MB
iTunes by Apple Inc. - Apple's iTunes is a proprietary media player computer program, used for playing and organizing digital music and video files on desktop computers. It can also manage contents on iPod, iPhone and iPad. iTunes is an ap
Program URL: www.apple.com/itunes/
Program help URL: www.apple.com/support/
Install path: C:\Program Files\iTunes\
Size: 70.41 MB

What else is related?

Apple Software Update Stability

softwareupdate.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
1.  
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred on: August 17, 2013
2.  
Error: Stopped responding and was closed (AppHangB1)
Details: A problem caused this program to stop interacting with Windows.
Occurred: over 3 months ago
3.  
Error: Stopped working (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows XP Professional (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows Vista (TM) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7600.0)

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File details

File name: softwareupdate.exe
Publisher: Apple Inc. (verified)
Name: Apple Software Update
Description: Apple Software Update
Version: 2.1.3
Size: 548.81 KB
Original file name: SoftwareUpdate.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Apple Inc.
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 6/26/2007
Expiration date: 6/26/2009

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0638457130%
Privileged CPU: 0.0061684574%
User CPU: 0.05767725557921%
Privileged CPU time: 817.24 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 4 ms
CPU cycle count: 265,727,738
CPU cycle count /min: 139,438,032
Context switches /sec: 40
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 175.32 MB
Peak committed memory: 181.93 MB
Paged memory: 13.21 MB
Peak paged memory: 13.44 MB
Paged system memory: 291.93 KB
Non-paged system memory: 20.79 KB
Working set memory: 6.78 MB
Peak working set memory: 25.37 MB
Min working set memory: 4.49 MB
Private memory: 13.21 MB
Page faults: 23,982
Page faults /min: 90
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 993
Read operations /min: 6
Total read transfer: 1.2 MB
Read transfer /min: 6.74 KB
Total write operations: 242
Write operations /min: 2
Total write transfer: 606.13 KB
Write transfer /min: 3.3 KB
Total other operations: 6,698
Other operations /min: 39
Total other transfer: 99.89 KB
Other Transfer /min: 560 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 118
Peak GDI objects: 104
USER objects: 69
Peak USER objects: 76
Resources
Handle count average: 761
Thread count average: 9
Thread resource averages
wow64.dll
wininet.dll
ntdll.dll
wininet.dll
ntdll.dll
gdiplus.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\SoftwareUpdate.exe" -background
"C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\SoftwareUpdate.exe" -background
"C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\SoftwareUpdate.exe" -task
"C:\Program Files\Apple Software Update\SoftwareUpdate.exe" -task

Scheduled task details

CLSID: {025997B9-D40F-4339-917F-3C36E28A6852}
Command: \{025997B9-D40F-4339-917F-3C36E28A6852}

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 61306
UDP: LISTENING on port 54602
UDP: LISTENING on port 4314
UDP: LISTENING on port 50587
UDP: LISTENING on port 57746

Image hashes

MD5: 34ebd4ff6a24d86bb4716d6afcc1a89b
SHA-1: 9b5c1dd5c2f7c30a6a303c036406acf4d6be48e0
SHA-256: 70de40de41b9de3b0263b063bbf54e8e5af9860a1379b5d05e9b0a36ee604f62

PE image details

File entropy: 6.34789
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
comdlg32.dll
gdi32.dll
kernel32.dll
msimg32.dll
ole32.dll
oledlg.dll
psapi.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
user32.dll
version.dll
wininet.dll
winspool.drv
wtsapi32.dll
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