What is Kavsvc.exe

kavsvc - Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal - Kaspersky Lab

File description

Kavsvc.exe with description kavsvc is a process file from company Kaspersky Lab belonging to product Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal.
The file is not digitally signed.

What is kavsvc.exe?
This is the Kaspersky Anti-Virus Service. It is included with any installation of Kaspersky anti-virus software.

This process is not essential to the proper operation of the system; however, it should not be terminated unless absolutely necessary. By terminating it, your system will not be protected from viruses. If you wish to disable this process permanently, you should uninstall Kaspersky Anti-Virus via the Add/Remove Programs control panel.

Dangers of kavsvc
As this is a relatively common process that exists on all systems with Kaspersky anti-virus software installed, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name but be stored somewhere other than in a subdirectory of %ProgramFiles%\Kaspersky. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to it but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.

There is typically only one instance of this process running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. Furthermore, if you see this process and you do not have any Trend Micro software installed, it is likely that your system is infected with malware.

Common problems
  • "The application failed to initialize properly"
    • This is known to occur when a virus has corrupted your installation of Kaspersky Anti-Virus. Reboot into safe mode to reinstall your software and perform a virus scan.
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • This is known to occur in some cases if you have the Indexing Service enabled. Try disabling the Indexing Service in services.msc.
    • This problem is also known to occur when the affected system has some versions of the ATI Catalyst drivers installed. Try uninstalling them. If that corrects the problem, install the most recent version of the Catalyst drivers that did not cause any problems.
    • If this does not correct the problem, try disabling any other software you might have running, especially security software.
    • If the problem persists, try reinstalling your Kaspersky software.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
010 Installed services

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