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What’s system-updater.exe (MRI System Updater)? Is it safe or a virus?

The system-updater.exe by Geek Squad is a program designed to automatically update software and drivers on a user's computer.

It's offered as part of the Geek Squad service provided by Best Buy Stores, L.P. The program helps to ensure that the user's computer is running the latest versions of essential software, which can improve performance, security, and overall user experience. The system-updater.exe runs in the background and periodically checks for updates, alerting the user when updates are available and then facilitating the installation process. This helps to keep the user's computer up-to-date and running smoothly.

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Who makes system-updater.exe (MRI System Updater)?

We’ve found Geek Squad (Best Buy Stores, L.P.) should be the publisher of system-updater.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: March 18, 2024

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