Windows cannot find winupdate.exe – Don’t miss an opportunity to repair

February 3rd, 2009 by Alexey Abalmasov Leave a reply »

Sometimes your antivirus can find winupdate.exe infection and put it into quarantine, but the error message like

“Windows cannot find ‘winupdate.exe’. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file, click the Start button, and then click Search.”

remains and appears on the computer boot-up. You even can try to restore the System or to install the newest update and patches, but this missed file win not be replaced.

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In spite of this Windows cannot find winupdate.exe error message Windows Update works properly, and this it the evidence of the fact that this case has nothing in common with System Files, this is a viral problem. If you have not encountered this problem yet, then you are just a lucky person. Just update your antivirus program in order not to have this winupdate.exe viral problem. For those people, who in spite of the antivirus proper work have seen this ms-dos prompts, we prepare the instructions of the elimination of this problem.

Firstly you should know that there is no file in Windows System with such name. So, winupdate.exe is an infection. You will not have to replace this file and even if you are going to do it, the problem will not be solved. In order to stop the error manifestation at the computer startup, ensure that this file is not in the Startup Folder. If there is no such a file there, so download “StartupCPL” tool in order to configure the Startup Options and delete this viral winupdate.exe file. To get rid of Windows cannot find winupdate.exe problem you should delete the following files and folders:

%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
%USERPROFILE%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Then you should remove the following Registry keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\OLE\

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The reason of the program is that your antivirus can delete the file itself but the System Registry is still pointed to its launch. Sometimes this virus has a very boisterous protection. It creates a special Registry Key that deactivates the Registry Editor. That Key located in HKCU\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\policies\system\DisableRegistryTools\.

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