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What’s WINUPTP.EXE (ThinkPad BIOS Flash Update Utility)? Is it safe or a virus?

WINUPTP.EXE is a software developed by Lenovo for updating the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) on their ThinkPad laptops.

The BIOS is a crucial component that controls the hardware and system configurations of the computer. The ThinkPad BIOS Flash Update Utility enables users to install the latest firmware provided by Lenovo to ensure the optimal performance, compatibility, and security of the device. This process involves flashing the BIOS chip with the updated firmware, which can resolve hardware compatibility issues, improve system stability, and add new features.

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Who makes WINUPTP.EXE (ThinkPad BIOS Flash Update Utility)?

We’ve found Lenovo should be the publisher of WINUPTP.EXE.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: April 4, 2024

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