Should I block it?

60% of PCs block this file from running.
Possible reason:
Performance resource utilization

VersionsAdditional versions

2.1.3 95.32%
2.1.3 0.12%
2.1.3 0.12%
2.1.2 1.60% 2.34% 0.37% 0.12%


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LookupPrivilegeValueW, SetKernelObjectSecurity, RegCloseKey, RegOpenKeyExW, RegQueryValueExW, RegQueryValueW, RegOpenKeyW, RegEnumKeyW, AllocateAndInitializeSid, CheckTokenMembership, FreeSid, CreateProcessAsUserW, RegEnumKeyExW, RegQueryInfoKeyW, RegSetValueExW, RegCreateKeyExW, RegDeleteValueW, RegDeleteKeyW, LookupAccountNameW, EqualSid, OpenThreadToken, GetTokenInformation, GetKernelObjectSecurity, AdjustTokenPrivileges, MakeAbsoluteSD, SetEntriesInAclW, SetSecurityDescriptorDacl, OpenProcessToken
SetMapMode, LineTo, MoveToEx, SetBkMode, GetViewportExtEx, GetWindowExtEx, GetPixel, PtVisible, RectVisible, TextOutW, ExtTextOutW, RestoreDC, SaveDC, Ellipse, SetROP2, CreateEllipticRgn, CreateRectRgnIndirect, CreateBitmap, SetBkColor, SetTextColor, GetClipBox, GetDeviceCaps, CreateCompatibleBitmap, GetStockObject, CreatePen, SetRectRgn, CombineRgn, CreateFontIndirectW, CreateDIBSection, CreateSolidBrush, CreateRectRgn, FillRgn, CreateCompatibleDC, DeleteDC, SelectObject, SetDIBColorTable, GetDIBColorTable, GetObjectW, BitBlt, LPtoDP, DeleteObject, GetTextColor, GetBkColor, GetRgnBox, GetMapMode, GetTextExtentPoint32W, CreatePatternBrush, ExtSelectClipRgn, ScaleWindowExtEx, SetWindowExtEx, ScaleViewportExtEx, SetViewportExtEx, OffsetViewportOrgEx, SetViewportOrgEx, Escape, StretchBlt
WritePrivateProfileStringW, GetTickCount, FileTimeToLocalFileTime, FindClose, FindFirstFileW, CreateFileW, GetFileAttributesW, GetFileSizeEx, GetFileTime, TlsGetValue, GlobalReAlloc, GlobalHandle, TlsSetValue, LocalReAlloc, TlsFree, GlobalGetAtomNameW, GlobalFlags, GetFullPathNameW, ReadFile, WriteFile, SetFilePointer, FlushFileBuffers, LockFile, UnlockFile, SetEndOfFile, GetFileSize, DuplicateHandle, GetVolumeInformationW, SetErrorMode, GetStartupInfoW, RtlUnwind, HeapAlloc, VirtualProtect, VirtualAlloc, VirtualQuery, TerminateProcess, UnhandledExceptionFilter, SetUnhandledExceptionFilter, IsDebuggerPresent, GetSystemTimeAsFileTime, HeapReAlloc, ExitProcess, HeapSize, GetStdHandle, GetModuleFileNameA, FreeEnvironmentStringsW, GetEnvironmentStringsW, GetCommandLineW, SetHandleCount, GetFileType, GetStartupInfoA, HeapCreate, VirtualFree, QueryPerformanceCounter, GetCPInfo, GetACP, GetOEMCP, IsValidCodePage, LCMapStringW, InitializeCriticalSectionAndSpinCount, GetTimeZoneInformation, GetLocaleInfoA, LCMapStringA, GetStringTypeA, GetStringTypeW, GetConsoleCP, GetConsoleMode, CreateFileA, SetStdHandle, WriteConsoleA, GetConsoleOutputCP, WriteConsoleW, SetEnvironmentVariableA, ConvertDefaultLocale, EnumResourceLanguagesW, lstrcmpA, GetLocaleInfoW, CompareStringA, GetCurrentProcessId, GetModuleHandleA, FileTimeToSystemTime, GetThreadLocale, GetCurrentThreadId, GlobalAddAtomW, GlobalFindAtomW, GlobalDeleteAtom, CompareStringW, LoadLibraryA, lstrcmpW, GetVersionExA, FreeResource, GlobalFree, GlobalAlloc, GlobalLock, GlobalUnlock, FormatMessageW, MulDiv, GetProcessHeap, HeapFree, WideCharToMultiByte, lstrlenA, SetSystemPowerState, CreateDirectoryW, GetSystemInfo, GetVersionExW, Sleep, CreateProcessW, LoadLibraryExW, FreeLibrary, InterlockedIncrement, lstrcmpiW, OpenProcess, GetCurrentThread, LocalAlloc, LocalFree, CreateMutexW, ReleaseMutex, GetVersion, GetCurrentProcess, CloseHandle, DeleteCriticalSection, InitializeCriticalSection, RaiseException, SetLastError, GetProcAddress, GetModuleHandleW, LoadLibraryW, MultiByteToWideChar, GetLastError, SetEvent, ResetEvent, EnterCriticalSection, LeaveCriticalSection, InterlockedExchange, GetModuleFileNameW, lstrlenW, InterlockedDecrement, FindResourceW, LoadResource, LockResource, SizeofResource, TlsAlloc
AlphaBlend, TransparentBlt
CoSetProxyBlanket, CoGetObject, StringFromGUID2, CoTaskMemFree, CoRegisterClassObject, CoTaskMemRealloc, CoTaskMemAlloc, CLSIDFromProgID, OleUninitialize, CoFreeUnusedLibraries, OleInitialize, CoDisconnectObject, CoGetClassObject, CoRevokeClassObject, StgOpenStorageOnILockBytes, CoRegisterMessageFilter, CLSIDFromString, OleFlushClipboard, OleIsCurrentClipboard, CreateILockBytesOnHGlobal, CoCreateInstance, StgCreateDocfileOnILockBytes
EnumProcesses, EnumProcessModules, GetModuleBaseNameW
SHGetFolderPathW, DragFinish, DragQueryFileW, ShellExecuteW
PathFindFileNameW, PathStripToRootW, PathIsUNCW, PathFindExtensionW
GetFileVersionInfoSizeW, GetFileVersionInfoW, VerQueryValueW
OpenPrinterW, DocumentPropertiesW, ClosePrinter
WTSFreeMemory, WTSQuerySessionInformationW, WTSEnumerateSessionsW, WTSEnumerateProcessesW


Apple Software Update by Apple Inc. (Signed)

Remove SoftwareUpdate.exe
MD5:   3b785e9b3d7dc098a2cb87e38b5ff558
SHA1:   81f94cc434860ee21c5e46feb9d700ef8329b572
SHA256:   a5df280df931836c01c4f42159ac5601a24bc048b20c2ac6d08d6edab9d6bf1e

What is SoftwareUpdate.exe?

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.

About SoftwareUpdate.exe (from Apple Inc.)

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 Wi


File name:softwareupdate.exe
Publisher:Apple Inc.
Product name:Apple Software Update
Typical file path:C:\Program Files\apple software update\softwareupdate.exe
File version:
Size:553.31 KB (566,592 bytes)
Build date:4/12/2008 10:48 AM
Issued to:Apple Inc.
Authority (CA):VeriSign
Effective date:Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Expiration date:Friday, June 26, 2009
Digital DNA
File packed:No
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Apple Inc.
21% remove
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. 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. Windows automatically checks weekly for soft...


Scheduled tasks
  • The task '{025997B9-D40F-4339-917F-3C36E28A6852}' runs on registration in the path '\{025997B9-D40F-4339-917F-3C36E28A6852}'
  • The task 'AppleSoftwareUpdate' runs weekly in the path 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\AppleSoftwareUpdate.job'
  • Entry path 'C:\WINXP\Tasks\AppleSoftwareUpdate.job'
  • Entry path 'C:\WINDOWS.0\Tasks\AppleSoftwareUpdate.job'
  • Entry path 'C:\WINDOWS1.1\Tasks\AppleSoftwareUpdate.job'
  • Entry path 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\AppleSoftwareUpdate.job'
  • Entry path '\Apple\AppleSoftwareUpdate'

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 39.00%
Windows 7 Ultimate 13.00%
Windows 8.1 10.50%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.00%
Windows 7 Professional 7.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 5.50%
Windows 8 5.00%
Windows Vista Home Premium 4.00%
Windows 8.1 Single Language 1.50%
Windows 8 Pro 1.50%
Windows 7 Home Basic 1.00%
Windows Vista Home Basic 1.00%
Windows 8.1 N 0.50%
Windows Seven Black Edition 0.50%
Windows 8 Single Language 0.50%
Windows 8 Enterprise 0.50%
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 0.50%
Windows Vista Business 0.50%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 48.22% of Apple Software Update.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Dell 23.22%
Hewlett-Packard 16.48%
ASUS 16.48%
Toshiba 11.99%
Acer 10.49%
Lenovo 4.49%
Sony 4.49%
Intel 2.25%
American Megatrends 1.50%
Samsung 1.12%
Alienware 0.75%
MSI 0.75%
Compaq 0.75%
NEC 0.75%
Medion 0.75%
Sahara 0.37%
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