What is advchk.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the advchk.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Advchk.exe file information

The process known as Norton AntiVirus Advanced Tools Integrity Checker belongs to software Norton AntiVirus by Symantec (

Description: Advchk.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Advchk.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\NORTON~1\AdvTools\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 74,920 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 79,480 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. Advchk.exe is a Verisign signed file. Advchk.exe is digitally signed. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with advchk.exe, you can also uninstall the software Advanced Tools using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as advchk.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the advchk.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Das ist ein Teil von Norton Antivirus.
  Vampire   (further information)
Norton Advanced Check up
  Klaudia Davidson  
advchk.exe ist ein wichtiger Bestandteil von Norton AntiVirus und wird in. Es ist nur gefährlich, wenn sie infiziert ist.
  Klaudia Ilyana Veltheim   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of advchk.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think advchk.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving advchk issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with advchk. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the advchk.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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