Threat Scorecard

Ranking: 6,707
Threat Level: 10 % (Normal)
Infected Computers: 202,416
First Seen: January 9, 2014
Last Seen: July 16, 2024
OS(es) Affected: Windows

BenchUpdater is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that may be associated with behavior typical of adware. The purpose of BenchUpdater is to provide users with a one-click solution that can keep track of all their drivers and update them if it detects that a newer version is available. While this may sound like a great utility to have at your disposal, you should keep in mind that BenchUpdater is neither popular nor reputable and everything this software promises should be taken with a grain of salt. The BenchUpdater software may be found in software bundles that utilize misleading installation instructions to trick users into agreeing to install BenchUpdater. The good news is that installing this program will not harm your computer, but it may have a negative effect on its behavior and performance.

The installation of BenchUpdater creates an automatic start-up entry that launches BenchUpdater along with Windows. Furthermore, the BenchUpdater software doesn't allow automatic driver updates if the user hasn't purchased the full version of the software. This means that trial version may be bombarded with pop-ups, alerts, and notifications whose purpose is to remind the computer users that their drivers need to be updated, and they can do that by paying for the full version of BenchUpdater. If you didn't install BenchUpdater on purpose yet you are being bothered by its pop-ups, then you should eliminate this PUP with the help of a reputable anti-malware program that can fully remove all of BenchUpdater's components immediately.

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File System Details

BenchUpdater may create the following file(s):
# File Name MD5 Detections
1. pwdg.exe 15925569120b613112d2bb459d0c403c 4,317
2. cl.exe.vir edc5671513db6e250fffd91e408ed896 4,046
3. pwdg.exe 1d05c3f43d9c028002f3c7c1a7909ba0 3,852
4. cl.exe 77d4f109e22625ede4c8ff53ed06232b 3,649
5. pwdg.exe 6f741804e03cd76bd70614261af611fd 3,337
6. proc.exe 68262e3f5905015da47ed4a29c53d73e 3,221
7. wd.exe 3933f95b6272dba02482c41fcdd0ed1d 3,126
8. cl.exe 191a7f7967a2689fd613b1fdb34056b3 2,982
9. pwdg.exe e9fe1467b9823cedb5bdca4ba23cd21c 2,877
10. proc.exe f6271d148df4dd15d8744b73b095e139 2,483
11. pwdg.exe 84e52b7a5b845b6718ced16b90201470 2,376
12. updater.exe 27862bc4eb31d1e68b866a9f32c87fd4 2,037
13. bservice.exe e52deb34958a6b9c9defd04072ba320c 1,756
14. proc.exe d75b18ca26252d8ecdcd1c03ab03089d 1,421
15. cservice.exe fffee0f36c519fa973cf697a65b22371 1,190
16. bservice64.exe ef28836ea2793d421c7801a2aaae7c9e 1,165
17. proc.exe 7be3bbaa9ba68340e0a7e74d73c0f719 1,158
18. wd.exe 0d3f1ae3a351ae8340a03a45f6b93995 1,090
19. updater.exe 158ea53d1c77e8d3ce592f55f4bf38dc 939
20. cl.exe bed1bba383f6f2fd84f11c4f3c75d65e 732
21. cservice64.exe 958c38e61f9dd79056299ec7e5e9cdca 730
22. pwdg.exe 155e4f4fea8320ccc7fb8387b1555d78 710
23. proc.exe 34b29483fb36136e50ccc6c68a0b4486 708
24. fservice.exe 8d5c6e316e1c04772e50ecc268a1d8da 409
25. pwdg.exe 18792d4133445af44bd08f505f14efab 327
26. wd.exe b361e5282cbdd81b2222a3fe60f20b40 266
27. fservice64.exe b0ef582b0a10aa69ad497f27257996d9 263
28. proc.exe a694180da7c9a463b28db094ef503aa7 225
29. pwdg.exe 52fd1fb73210a28ef5beef8a16fd5b58 127
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Registry Details

BenchUpdater may create the following registry entry or registry entries:
Regexp file mask
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\bench-sys.job
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\CompatibilityAdapter\Signatures\bench-sys.job.fp
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule\TaskCache\Tree\bench-sys
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Bench Communicator Watcher
SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Bench Settin
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Bench Communicator Watcher
SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\Bench Settin


BenchUpdater may create the following directory or directories:

%UserProfile%\Local Settings\Application Data\BenchUpdater


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