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Launcher by Amonetize ltd. (Signed)

Remove Updater.exe
Warning 45 antivirus scanners has detected malware in various versions of Updater.exe.


There are 14 versions of updater.exe in the wild, the latest version being updater.exe is run as a standard windows process with the logged in user's account privileges. By adding a startup entry to the run registry key, the file will be executed when the user logs into Windows. In addition the the run registry key, it also creates a scheduled job to be executed by the Windows Task Scheduler up user login, this is typically done in order to bypass a User Account Control (UAC) prompt. The average file size is about 272.93 KB. The file is a digitally signed and issued to Amonetize ltd. by Thawte. Some variations of the file have been seen to be installed with the program Software Version Updater from Amonetize ltd.. During the process's lifecycle, the typical CPU resource utilization is less than 0.01% with the maximum memory reaching around 6.67 MB.

What is updater.exe?

Software version updater (updater.exe) 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.


File name:updater.exe
Publisher:Amonetize ltd.
Product name:Launcher
Description:Software version updater
Typical file path:C:\users\user\appdata\local\swvupdater\updater.exe
Issued to:Amonetize ltd.
Authority (CA):Thawte
Effective date:Monday, May 14, 2012
Expiration date:Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ResourcesPrograms installed in

(Note, the programs listed below are for all versions of Launcher.)
Amonetize ltd.
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The program is distributed by Amonetize ltd., a program bundling/installation monitization platform. "We provide our own installer software component. Our installer easily integrates with any Windows ...


(Note, the behaviors below are for all versions of updater.exe, select a unique version for details.)
Startup files (user) run
Runs under the registry key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run'
  • 'SwvUpdtr' → C:\users\user\appdata\Local\SwvUpdater\Updater.exe /reg
Scheduled tasks
  • The task 'AmiUpdXp' runs on logon in the path '\AmiUpdXp'
  • Entry path 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\AmiUpdXp.job'
  • Entry path '\AmiUpdXp'
Scheduled tasks startups
Set to load on user login (bypasses Windows UAC if enabled)
  • Login entry path 'C:\WINDOWS\Tasks\AmiUpdXp.job'
  • Login entry path '\AmiUpdXp'

MalwareMalware detections

Based on 40+ industry antivirus scanners, 45 of them detected the following malware.
Antivirus engineEngine versionDetectionFile version
avast! 8.0.1489.320 Win32:Amonetize-D [PUP]
Bkav Security HW32.CDB.29a5
Bkav Security HW32.CDB.390c
Bkav Security HW32.CDB.B812
Comodo Internet Security 17074 Application.Win32.Amonetize.~A
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.646
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.726
Dr.Web Trojan.Siggen4.47631
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1528
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1170
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1238
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1238
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1238
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1292
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1292
Dr.Web Adware.Downware.1325
ESET NOD32 7.8844 a variant of Win32/Amonetize.I
ESET NOD32 7.8845 a variant of Win32/Amonetize.I
ESET NOD32 7.8844 a variant of Win32/Amonetize.I
ESET NOD32 7.8734 a variant of Win32/Amonetize.I
ESET NOD32 7.8892 a variant of Win32/Amonetize.I
ESET NOD32 8.9341 a variant of Win32/Amonetize.I
K7 AntiVirus 9.175.10963 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
K7GW 9.175.10963 Unwanted-Program ( 00454f261 )
Kingsoft 2013.1.8.219 Win32.Troj.Agent.g.(kcloud)
Malwarebytes PUP.Software.Updater
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Amonetize.A
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Amonetize
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Amonetize
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Amonetize
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Amonetize
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Amonetize
Malwarebytes PUP.Optional.Amonetize.A
McAfee 5.600.1067 Artemis!861DDA2A5B38
McAfee Gateway Anti-Malware v2013-dat Artemis!861DDA2A5B38
Sophos 4.97.0 Amonetize
The Hacker None Posible_Worm32
The Hacker None Posible_Worm32
VIPRE Antivirus 25854 Amonetize (fs)
VIPRE Antivirus 20214 Amonetize (fs)
VIPRE Antivirus 21834 Amonetize (fs)
VIPRE Antivirus 21838 Amonetize (fs)
VIPRE Antivirus 21834 Amonetize (fs)
VIPRE Antivirus 20932 Amonetize (fs)
VIPRE Antivirus 22208 Amonetize (fs)

VersionsAll file variations of updater.exe

MD5SHA-1File size
1c446dc37f6ba32799f5881d06488c3f af3552e4c79378cd1937f607a759ba478bb30a42 300.04 KB
f886cde29372d2dbfc5c0a0790d9e8b4 0237ec30797a39b900b87837e526f0266223141e 300.04 KB
861dda2a5b38ac54b2469dd04d35a935 d62053d3fee6b91513c7a65f939dbda02a429b26 294.54 KB
a277a52cf9876abe06a00caaf43bd8e6 a319f5fdd88c082051cefa865a323c54acea0e18 297.54 KB
27b123068997890d90f58265fc6dc8ce ee24bb6217f8b708362f2e7e03e6f18fa775a004 296.04 KB
3a1fb820c4c72ef3a279938bdfa5f50f 5134bb37723432ce529186a4d86c4d85dfdaf1f9 299.04 KB
caaa9c0e31025153c4c78041d0026f3f 088bb5d085fb50b0adee645e847324a9fdf96cc3 299.54 KB
1e4e419acf97b5567345eabbc2c9c718 6b3e96cd9019232a27e07e1f21e84b21862111a5 299.54 KB
60a3edbe811cd827274bfb0d184fee47 68f34bec9d1bd02429ec5cedb4e7a878feea3323 299.54 KB
b2442e25949a5ea619a44b2ac213503d e9df6e1c0a52457a70bff7c948fb68a5d9a93747 293.54 KB
a1ab5a4f345136dbb9c51e0622416a7c a10d12e95f5863331ce55ddb8f27f02e848cef63 291.19 KB
591a9aa3bdb8d73db0c1611f74ecf708 0264197b5b6d7fc82132ef78dd12214054b1df8a 290.19 KB
5887923ea19dc9ff06e4dc66bb873a96 79f4b24a01e22d5c0d0d345a07a18723959c63e1 132.11 KB
fe0eda4b93d3e8c433d4878d2459a2d0 5a28cb7fdf0983082494afa19dd4e29cf69d6d75 128.11 KB

Windows OS versionsDistribution by Windows OS

OS versiondistribution
Windows 7 Home Premium 32.97%
Windows 7 Ultimate 25.27%
Microsoft Windows XP 13.19%
Windows 8 Pro 10.99%
Windows 8 5.49%
Windows Vista Home Premium 3.30%
Windows 7 Professional 2.20%
Windows 8 Single Language 2.20%
Windows Vista Ultimate 2.20%
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 1.10%
Windows 7 Ultimate N 1.10%

Distribution by countryDistribution by country

United States installs about 51.65% of Launcher.

OEM distributionDistribution by PC manufacturer

PC Manufacturerdistribution
Hewlett-Packard 28.89%
Toshiba 20.00%
Dell 17.78%
Acer 12.22%
ASUS 6.67%
Gateway 4.44%
American Megatrends 3.33%
Sony 2.22%
Sahara 2.22%
Samsung 2.22%
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