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

VersionsAdditional versions 13.98% 1.08% 11.83% 5.38% 3.23% 5.38% 4.30% 1.08% 3.23% 37.63% 9.68% 1.08% 1.08% 1.08%


Launcher by Amonetize ltd. (Signed)

Remove Updater.exe
MD5:   b2442e25949a5ea619a44b2ac213503d
SHA1:   e9df6e1c0a52457a70bff7c948fb68a5d9a93747
SHA256:   013ef768024d486e6116fab11148306734cc98b83a18d686e858b53f7a6f2a15

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.


updater.exe executes as a process with the local user's privileges. It is set to be run when the PC boots and the user logs into Windows (added to the Run registry key for the current user). It is installed with a couple of know programs including Software Version Updater published by Amonetize ltd. and Software Version Updater published by Amonetize ltd.. The file is digitally signed by Amonetize ltd. which was issued by the Thawte certificate authority (CA).


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
File version:
Size:293.54 KB (300,584 bytes)
Issued to:Amonetize ltd.
Authority (CA):Thawte
Effective date:Monday, May 14, 2012
Expiration date:Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Digital DNA
File packed:Yes
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The following programs will install this file
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 software product. The installer component offers users which are installing one of our software partners’ products, the opportunity to install some of our advertisers’ software in addition to that installation. The exact additional software...


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'

ResourcesResource utilization

(Note: statistics below are averages based on a minimum sample size of 200 unique participants)
Total CPU:0.64000000%
Kernel CPU:0.54178218%
User CPU:0.09821782%
Private (maximum):6.67 MB
Private (minimum):6.67 MB

BehaviorsProcess properties

Command line:C:\users\user\appdata\local\swvupdater\updater.exe
Parent process:taskeng.exe (Task Scheduler Engine by Microsoft)

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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