What is Appsvc32.exe

Symantec AppCore Service - Symantec Application Core - Symantec Corporation

File description

Appsvc32.exe with description Symantec AppCore Service is a process file from company Symantec Corporation belonging to product Symantec Application Core.
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What is appsvc32.exe?
This process is part of many Symantec products, including Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security. It is responsible for performing the background services necessary for the proper operation of the aforementioned products.

This process is not essential to the operation of the system; however, you should not terminate it unless it is causing problems on your system. Terminating the process will prevent your Symantec Norton products from functioning properly.

Dangers of appsvc32
As this is a process that runs on any system with a Symantec Norton product 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 as this but be stored somewhere other than in %ProgramFiles%\Common Files. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one 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 will typically be 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. If you are not running a Symantec Norton product, the presence of this process is a strong indicator of a malware infection.

Common problems
  • This process uses 100% CPU time
    • This is a common problem with several known causes. According to Symantec, however, the bug that caused this problem has been fixed. Download and install all available updates for your Norton products.
    • If the problem persists, turn off auto-protect.
  • "AppSvc32.exe - Application Error"
    • This is a problem that is known to occur on occasion; however, there is no known fix. Try installing all available updates for your Norton products.
    • If that does not work, reinstall your Norton products.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
010 Installed services

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9 files (Safe and digitally signed)
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