What is anvshell.exe?

The genuine anvshell.exe file is a software component of ASUS nVidia Series Shell by ASUSTeK.
Anvshell.exe is an executable file that belongs to ASUS nVidia Series Shell, a system tray application that allows quick access to NVidia graphics card settings. This file is not a critical Windows file and can be removed if known to create problems. The ASUS nVidia Series Shell is a program that runs on the Windows platform and is installed by hardware made by NVidia which requires a software interface to optimally use. Asus is a Chinese personal computer vendor that manufactures everything from desktops and laptops to mobile phones, monitors, optical storage devices, and graphics cards. In 2013, it was the world's fifth largest computer seller, in terms of sales. The company began launching graphics cards in 2005 with their initial PhysX accelerator card. Asus was founded in Taipei in 1989 by T.H. Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and M.T. Liao, all previously employed by Acer. The company is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

AnVShell stands for ASUS nVidia Series Shell

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 anvshell.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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Anvshell.exe file information

The process known as ASUS nVidia Series Shell belongs to software ASUS nVidia Series Shell by AsusTeK Computer (

Description: Anvshell.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file anvshell.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 348,160 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 331,776 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. It is not a Windows core file. The anvshell.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Anvshell.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as anvshell.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the anvshell.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.


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Best practices for resolving anvshell issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with anvshell. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the anvshell.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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