Microsoft Windows Update Checker, or updatechecker.exe, is a Trojan horse element that uses CPU resources to mine digital currency. Malwarebytes is a powerful scanner, which can remove this threat from your PC before it crashes.
- Download and start installing the Malwarebytes from online.
- When User Account Control asks you if you want to allow the program to make changes, choose Yes.
- The setup wizard will guide you with prompts for completing the installation process. Keep hitting Next.
- After installation is complete, the program will start running and first of all, update the antivirus database. To begin a scan, you can hit Scan Now.
- Your computer will now be scanned for malicious programs. This can take some time, so it is good to move on to some other work until it is done.
- After the scan has finished, you will be shown a screen where the detected malware infections will be displayed. You can remove said infections by choosing the Quarantine Selected
- After that, all malicious files and registry keys will be quarantined by the program. In order to complete removing all of these, you may need to restart your computer.
- After the removal is done, close the program.
After you have removed updatechecker.exe with a virus removal tool, the next order of business is to make sure that your browser is reverted to default settings. This is mainly to ensure that similar infections do not find their way in through the internet.
Resetting Google Chrome
There is an option in Google Chrome where the browser will reset itself to default settings. The option is in place so that you can counteract any apps or extensions making changes to your settings without your knowledge. Doing this will not change your saved bookmarks or remove the passwords.
- Open Google Chrome on the computer.
- Go to the top right and select More, and then choose Settings.
- Go to the bottom and choose Show Advanced Settings.
- Under the Reset Settings section, choose the Reset Settings
- A box will come up. Choose Reset.
Make sure that you have the latest version of Chrome installed, so that it is easier to keep reverting to default settings each time you remove a threat from the computer. Also, make sure to update the virus definitions on the antimalware program, so that it can deal with new and emergent threats.