Is wuauclt.exe safe to remove?
Posted on 2006-03-27
I have the process wuauclt.exe using 7Mb of RAM and running continually.
I know this isn't spyware, I have seen the details for it in process Explorer
and it is indeed the Windows Update scan thing - that scans for Updates
despite the fact that "Notify me when Updates..." etc etc is all unticked
and disabled, this process wuauclt.exe still runs using 7Mb of RAM.
I seem to be able to delete it (kill the process and delete it) and also
wuauclt1.exe and reboot, visit the Update site, all is fine - this process
has been complained about by many others, I have been through all
the usual spyware stuff and it simply is not spyware.
BUT - the reference in the registry to wuauclt.exe has a folder
there under [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\ESENT].
However, there is not one single reference to this process (wuauclt
with ".exe" at the end) in the entire registry! Hmmmmmmmmmm.
Maybe "UserInit.exe" launches it?
"Userinit.exe is a key process in the Windows operating system.
On boot-up it manages the different start up sequences needed,
such as establishing network connection and starting up the Windows shell."
Probably, it is in the correct place so I know this is not a trojan.
Apparently if you delete this process "Should not be disabled,
required for essential applications to work properly."
Why, its Windows Update, is that the "essential application?"
I wouldnt call it essential if that is all it affects! I don't disable
the notifications for no reason! If I am not being notified about new
updates then why does my system have to still be scanning?
I would just visit Windows Updates and get them! I do not
want this running in the background using the RAM! Help!