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Computer Slow Down Caused by wuauclt.exe

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#1 wcooke


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Posted 04 August 2010 - 08:43 AM

For the past few weeks I've experienced a problem with my computer running extreamly slowly for about ten minutes after boot. During this time the hard drive light will be on continuously. I checked processes using Windows Task Manager and noticed that wuauclt.exe had rapidly increasing Mem Usage in excess of 100,000 K.

I googled and learned that wuauclt.exe is supposed to be the Automatic Update Client for Windows. I thought to try disabling Automatic Update but discovered I'm unable to do so using the Automatic Updates tab in System Properties or Automatic Updates in Control Panel.

I also read that wuauclt.exe can also be malware. I've run scans using Avast! Antivirus and Malwarebytes. Both scans were negative.

I'm running Microsoft Windows XP SP3.

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#2 noknojon


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Posted 05 August 2010 - 02:55 AM

Hi -
The confusion is because there is a virus that uses this same name.
The valid windows file is C:\Windows\System32\wuauclt.exe (this is the Windows Updates Executable).
The virus is usually "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Common\wuauclt.exe"

EDIT - If you have the infection version please post back so the infection removal crew can fix it -

Thank You -

Edited by noknojon, 05 August 2010 - 03:00 AM.

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