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What’s DropboxUpdateClient.exe? Is it safe or a virus?

DropboxUpdateClient.exe is an executable file created by Dropbox, Inc. It is a part of the Dropbox desktop application that is used for automatic updates and maintenance of the software. When the Dropbox application is installed on a computer, DropboxUpdateClient.exe runs in the background and checks for updates to the application. When updates are available, it automatically downloads and installs them to ensure that the Dropbox application is always up to date with the latest features and security fixes. Dropbox is a popular cloud file hosting service.

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Who makes DropboxUpdateClient.exe?

We’ve found Dropbox, Inc should be the publisher of DropboxUpdateClient.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: May 30, 2024

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