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Danger level 3
Type: Potentially Unwanted Application


WebUpdater is classified as a potentially unwanted program that was created to help you update your software. Unfortunately, we have found that it can open a security backdoor with every update that it introduces you to because malicious programs and adware could hide behind it. Unfortunately, computer users are unaware of this, and they might remain oblivious to malware even when it slithers in. In the defense of this PUP, it does not hide the programs it offers along with the software updates, but these programs – despite their “appearance” and supposed services – can be malicious and dangerous. Due to this, we urge you to be extremely careful when installing software onto your computer. Of course, we suggest removing WebUpdater from your computer, but if you are not sure why you need to do that, keep reading.

The official download website, getwebupdater.com, suggests that WebUpdater is a clean and light-weight program that supposedly can notify you about all pending updates. Unfortunately, this program uses bundled downloaders to provide these installers, and this is why additional programs always follow these updates. As mentioned previously, these programs are not hidden from you, and you are likely to have the option to accept or decline all additional programs presented to you. We advise that you do not rely on the descriptions provided via the installers because they might be misleading. The best thing to do, in this situation, is to research the unfamiliar programs using third-party sources. The worst thing you can do is accept all unfamiliar programs carelessly because this could lead to the infiltration of malware. According to our research, it is most likely that you will be introduced to advertising-supported programs promising to help you save money or provide you with other beneficial services. Note that if you install malicious adware, you might be flooded with misleading ads leading to the infiltration of even more suspicious programs.

If you install WebUpdater, it will show pop-ups entitled “Important” every time an update is available. It is unlikely that this program will be able to provide you with all updates, which is one of the reasons not to trust it. If you interact with the pop-ups shown to you, this program will connect to cdn.software-updater.com and provide you with the installers. As mentioned already, this program uses bundled downloaders, not official sources, and that is suspicious. If you want to update your software you should always rely on official updates rather than the ones introduced to you by third parties. In fact, most programs can be set up to update themselves automatically when needed, and you do not need some suspicious third-party program to download updates for you. This is another reason to get rid of this strange program right away.

A process called “WebUpdater.exe” is used to launch the program, and this is the process that you need to kill to stop the update pop-ups. Of course, it will be restored sooner or later. This process could also be used to control the collection of data. Cookies are employed to record data regarding to your browsing history, and, as stated in the Privacy Policy, it can be used to provide you with more “relevant” advertisements. This is why we classify it as adware (advertising-supported software). Have you seen ads already? Note that other ad-supported programs could be active as well, and they might be responsible for some of the ads shown to you. Therefore, if you continue seeing suspicious ads after you delete WebUpdater from your computer, check your PC for additional adware.

Uninstalling software is very easy, but it is not always effective. Well, we’ve got good news for you. This adware, or potentially unwanted program, can be uninstalled without leaving a trace. Another method would be eliminating files and registry keys from the root, as shown below. A third method calls for a trusted anti-malware tool. You should use this tool for three different reasons. First, it can detect all active threats, and, as you know, WebUpdater can come packaged with malware, and it can install unreliable programs. Second, it can eliminate unreliable programs effectively, and not all users are capable of erasing all malware components manually. Third, this tool can reliably defend your PC against malware in the future! Consider this before you choose the removal option that is right for your situation.

WebUpdater Removal

  1. Open Explorer by tapping Win+E keys on the keyboard.
  2. Enter %ProgramFiles% (or %ProgramFiles(x86)%, depending on the system) into the address bar.
  3. Right-click the WebUpdater folder and select Delete.
  4. Enter %AppData% into the address bar and repeat step 3.
  5. Open RUN by tapping Win+R on the keyboard.
  6. Launch Registry Editor by entering regedit.exe into the RUN box.
  7. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ and delete the WebUpdater key.
  8. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Tracing\.
  9. Delete the WebUpdater_RASAPI32 and WebUpdater_RASMANCS keys.
  10. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\.
  11. Delete the WebUpdater key.
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