The facts: I uninstall it at least once a day and it re-installs itself. It creates unwanted pop-ups that block my entire screen and prevent me from using my computer unless I click on the pop-up. That triggers another pop-up further interrupting my use of my computer. This unwanted action by Microsoft is repeated at least daily.
Some days more often.
This is how Microsoft defines a virus:
Q. What exactly is a virus? Is a "worm" also a virus?
Viruses are computer programs or scripts that attempt to spread from one file to another on a single computer and/or from one computer to another, using a variety of methods, without the knowledge and consent of the computer user..
I uninstall the program. How else can I withdraw my consent for this unwanted intrusion? After I uninstall everything I can find that relates with Windows Update, the program re-installs itself. It is spreading from somewhere in another program. So by The Microsoft Corporation's own definition, Windows 10 Update Assistant is a Virus.
The Symantec Corporation is on of the largest Computer Security, Protection, and Anti-Virus makes in the world.
Most of the time, the presence of malware will be obvious even though you might not know how it got on your device. In fact, most people have no idea that malware has been installed until their computers start acting funny.
You might notice a few changes on your computer including strange ads or pop-up windows—even when you’re not surfing the web. You may also experience unwanted changes to your browser and a slower experience on your computer.
Specifically, watch out for ads that pop up a few seconds after a webpage is done loading. These ads will often contain inappropriate content, are difficult to close, and display flashing colors while blocking what you’re trying to view.
Take all of these signs seriously. If you suspect your computer has malware installed, turn it off immediately and disconnect it from the Internet.
What does Malicious Software (Malware) mean?
Malicious software, commonly known as malware, is any software that brings harm to a computer system. Malware can be in the form of worms, viruses, trojans, spyware, adware and rootkits, etc., which steal protected data, delete documents or add software not approved by a user.
So if you ever wanted proof that we live in a country where there are two standards for enforcement of laws, The Microsoft Corporation and Windows 10 is glaring proof. Even more, all Security software manufacturers work in collusion with Microsoft by allowing the Microsoft Virus free reign even though the actions of the Windows 10 Update Assistant software clearly meet the definition of Malware and a computer virus. If you created a program that did what Windows 10 Assistant does and infected other computers with it, you'd be in jail and banned from the internet. Microsoft just keeps taking billions of dollars out of our pockets.