What is AluSchedulerSvc.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 AluSchedulerSvc.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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AluSchedulerSvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AluSchedulerSvc
AluSchedulerSvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler Service belongs to software LiveUpdate or Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler by Symantec (

Description: AluSchedulerSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file AluSchedulerSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 554,352 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 100,032 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The AluSchedulerSvc.exe file is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. AluSchedulerSvc.exe is digitally signed. AluSchedulerSvc.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with AluSchedulerSvc.exe occur, you can contact Customer Service, update the program to the latest version or uninstall LiveUpdate from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AluSchedulerSvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AluSchedulerSvc.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

Aluschedulersvc.exe is Automatic LiveUpdate Scheduler Service for Symantec anti-virus software. It is not DANGEROUS at all. It’s just there to update your virus definitions so Symantec AV can protect your computer from all DANGEROUS viruses’ floating around the internet, or your hard drive. I no longer have Norton AV installed on my computer, but I do use other Norton products (Ghost). However, I do not need the service running to keep Ghost updated. Therefore, I have disabled the software from running in SERVICES, (\Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Services).
dont have any norton products but its running, con internet
  Arthur Clifford  
It has been exceedingly difficult to rid myself of Norton Antivirus 2006 (I've switched to the free Avast). To prevent this particular service from being run at startup, I went to \Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Services, found the entry for Automatic LiveUpdate and disabled it. I found the other Norton entries with starting words of LiveUpdate and Symantec. In addition, there were several startup programs I disabled at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run (I suffix .exe with the word Obsolete), besides which I disabled two entries in \Control Panel\Scheduler
  Csaba   (further information)
If you have this; it probably means you have Norton Antivirus/Internet Security installed. This means: You've got the Wrong antivirus installed. Download Avast! or NOD32.
it freezes my pc
Symantec Live Updater, to the "Anonymous" person below me, don't blame Windows for your lack of protection, maybe if you didnt uninstall Norton you wouldnt have had your information a harmless file, to see if its malware simply check to see if its in the Symantec foler or System32 folder, if its in the latter, its malware.
  Jeff S.  
To remove the file highlight it, right click on it and then "send it to...." Recycle bin, Incinerator etc.
I unstalled Norton 360 but this thing keeps lurking in the background and want to run every 5 minutes. I t will not let me delete it because of it's protections. It stops anything I'm doing until I tell it to SHUT UP ! Someone please tell my how to kill the DARN thing.
  Dennis Noethens  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AluSchedulerSvc.exe: based on 30 votes with 9 reviews. 13 users think AluSchedulerSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think AluSchedulerSvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade AluSchedulerSvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AluSchedulerSvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AluSchedulerSvc. 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 AluSchedulerSvc.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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