What is avcenter.exe?

The genuine avcenter.exe file is a software component of AntiVirus Personal by Avira.
This executable is the Control Center for Avira Antivirus. It runs when settings are modified by the user as well as during on demand scans. Additionally, it runs in the background for real-time monitoring. Avira was created in 2006 after a merger of two competing antivirus companies, and currently claims over 100 million customers.

AvCenter stands for Antivirus Control Center

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 avcenter.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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Avcenter.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avcenter
Avcenter.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Antivirus Control Center belongs to software Avira AntiVir Personal - Free by Avira GmbH (

Description: Avcenter.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The avcenter.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 356,609 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 470,273 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. Avcenter.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with avcenter.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAvira Antivirus or Avira AntiVir Personal - Free, turn to the software developer, Avira, for advice or verify that you have installed the latest version.

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

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