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What’s MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe (Microsoft Edge Update)? Is it safe or a virus?

If you care about security when browsing the web, it's important that MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe also known as Microsoft Edge Update is able to run on your PC.

As you might guess, MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe is a process belonging to Microsoft Edge, the web browser developed by. This .exe is responsible for updating the Microsoft Edge browser to ensure that it runs bug-free and securely. It automatically checks for updates and installs them as necessary, providing users with the latest features and security patches.

Microsoft Edge updates often include security fixes, performance improvements, and new featuers. The MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe process runs in the background and does not require user input to perform its tasks, ensuring that the browser remains up-to-date without causing interruptions.

If you're running SpyShelter, you probably notice this process popping up from time to time, and it should be completely safe as long as it's signed by Microsoft.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe (Microsoft Edge Update)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.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.

Is MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find MicrosoftEdgeUpdate.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 3, 2024

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