What is avgamsvr.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 avgamsvr.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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Avgamsvr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avgamsvr
Avgamsvr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AVG Alert Manager belongs to software AVG Anti-Virus system or AVG Anti-Virus System by GRISOFT, s.r.o (

Description: Avgamsvr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Avgamsvr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—common is C:\Program Files\grisoft\avg free\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 418,816 bytes (97% of all occurrences), 353,280 bytes, 436,224 bytes or 336,896 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The avgamsvr.exe file is not a Windows system file. Avgamsvr.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Freeavg provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ AVG AntiVirus or AVG).

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If avgamsvr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 78% dangerous. The file size is 418,816 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The file is not a Windows system file. Avgamsvr.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

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

It is part of AVG's antivirus programs and it is impossible to remove even using AVG's removal tool. It is dangerous because it can interfere with the functioning of other anti-virus programs like McAfee. Due to it being hard to completely uninstall AVG, I advise others to never ever use their software. Ever.
  Anthony Barnes  
Recommended to me by professional computer repairer
It slows down my computer during the update process. You can avoid the slowdown by rebooting as soon as the update file is 100% downloaded.
It is loaded on my computer and blocks my SMTP server. If I use the task manager to stop it from running, my email (Outlook 2003) works great.
  Daniel L. McGrew  
safe, part of AVG, uses a lot of OS paged pool memory though, can cause crashes with source based games
  Dan   (further information)
It make momery problem. its file size is directly propertional to time. I am using Adobe Illustrator 10, which required some memory spaces. Thats why it makes problem while we want to load any other program like Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD, Corel Draw and so on. Because they required memeory but avgamsvr.exe occupy too much memory spaces continuously.
  Chandresh Kesri  
It chugs system. Wish my company didn't make us have it installed with current configuration. When used with Outlook it drains performance, often consuming 45-50% of CPU cycles (XP, Dual 2.66 GHx Xeon, 2GB RAM)
It would only be using a lot of the CPU if the scanner was currently running. If it says 98% and the scanner isn't running, check that it's not another file NAMED the same as AVG
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of avgamsvr.exe: based on 47 votes with 9 reviews. 40 users think avgamsvr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. One user thinks avgamsvr.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 6 users don't grade avgamsvr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving avgamsvr issues

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