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KOFI AMPONSAH asked on January 7, 2013. Status: Answered & Closed.

Wuaudt.exe Is Really Bogging Down My Computer

» Recently, when I first start my computer for the day, wuaudt.exe runs and really bogs down my computer. In Task Manager it shows it is using a lot of memory along with one of the many svchost.exe's that are running. I would like to be able to be notified of critical updates when they are issued but I don't want wuaudt.exe running every day if it is going to bog me down. Any ideas?

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» If your Windows has been infected by viruses, it would be a complicated case, of which causes high usage of CPU. It is not easy to get rid of this kind of viruses, including Trojan:Win32/Medfos.B.

EXE files allow users to launch programs without needing additional software on the user's computer special software. The exe file is one of the most useful types of files precisely because it runs programs; however, it can be used as a delivery system for viruses or other malicious programs. Viruses often reside to .exe files, which are then re-named to resemble common software packages. They can be running in the background, infecting or compromising the computer. It is very important to scan an EXE file before opening it, and you should never open an EXE file if you don't know or trust its source.

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PATRICIA RUIZ replied on January 15, 2013

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  1. LORETTA SAWYER replied on January 7, 2013: » IF wuaudt.exe, NOT wuauclt.exe., is the file's correct name then the system has malware resident. There is no Windows XP file named wuaudt.exe.IF the file in question is wuaudt.exe, then suggest you first try doing a scan, using Internet Explorer, with the OneCare Safety scanner to see if it can be removed.

  2. DAVE PEARSON replied on January 8, 2013: » I have experienced the same symptoms as tedley318. The process name is wuauclt.exe so I expect it to be legitimate.

    Windows update starts at least once a day and uses a lot of memory (relative to my 512mb). In fact my PC is non-responsive for at least 30 min.!! Any suggestions on how to avoid this?

  3. BARRY MARSMAN replied on January 9, 2013: » Windows Update does NOT offer updates for MS Office, Windows Live applications and/or Silverlight. Microsoft Update does. What are the differences between Windows Updates, Automatic Updates, and Microsoft Updates?

    While Windows Update provides you with updates specifically for Windows, Microsoft Update expands the service to download and install updates for other Microsoft software, such as Microsoft Office and Windows Live. Automatic updating is a feature that allows you to set your PC to automatically download and install updates using either service, making it easy and convenient for you to keep your Windows PC current. If you disable Microsoft Update, your default update source is "flipped" to Windows Update but it does NOT disable Automatic Updates.

  4. RHEN BOWDEN replied on January 11, 2013: » I suspect a recent MS update did something. The wuauclt.exe app goes crazy on startup and, if I don't kill it quickly enough, I may get blue-screened. Because it hogs my disk and fights with everything else on startup, it causes disk read errors. Every now and then this app wakes up and hogs all my resources and I have to kill it again. I doubt a virus. If there were some other virus file, what would be the purpose of hijacking the wuauclt.exe file? If this file is for updating, it should only be checking what updates you have, not scanning your entire drive. I have found no other files with the same name on my PC either. I am running XP home on an MSI U100 notetbook with 2 GB memory.

  5. ALAN BATES replied on January 14, 2013: » I run an independent computer repair business and have personally experienced this on over 200 (yes two hundred) WinXp x86 different PCs in the last 3 weeks. Name brand or store/home built. Home or Pro, with or without AV, with or without silverlight. SP2 or SP3, 256, 512 or 1Gb RAM, clean or infected, it IS a MS Update problem. The security issues of temporarily turning off MS update (not windows update) are a moot point if you can't actually use your PC. The attack vectors of unpatched MS Update issues are so tiny compared to unpatched Windows.

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