What is avgemc.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 avgemc.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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Avgemc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avgemc
Avgemc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AVG E-Mail Scanner belongs to software AVG Anti-Virus system or AVG Internet Security or AVG Anti-Virus System by GRISOFT, s.r.o ( or AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o (

Description: Avgemc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Avgemc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows—usually C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Free\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 406,528 bytes (67% of all occurrences), 908,056 bytes and 19 more variants. 
Avgemc.exe is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Avgemc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as avgemc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the avgemc.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 depends. Something a lot of people don't know is that when you install avg for free, it permanently writes itself into your registry. So say you decide to finally buy "Kaspersky" or some other security suite. Because avg wrote itself into your registry it is now impossible for you to switch to any other anti-virus. Personally avg is a pain. It's slow to the point its meaning less to scan, its free (Ie you get what you pay for), and there is the registry issue. The only way to completely uninstall it is to wipe your drives and start over. Wouldn't you call that malicious?
  Dweller   (further information)
cause 100% CPU memory use. After disabling, CPU memory use is back to normal
This file is part of AVG (Email scanner for Microsoft Exchange Server). It takes up huge amounts of processor time (between 50% and 98%) when a new email is delivered via Microsoft Exchange POP server.
  Lloyd D  
its an email scanner, but lately its been funning my cpu 100%
It is suppose to scan emails (in/out) but because it keeps running even when the email software is 'off', it is clear that it is performing some 'extra curriculum' activitaties. It could very well be reporting 'key words' content on the emails back to Grisoft (who makes AVG) - nothing is free - so it would not surprise me
  Mr. Mike PC  
antivirus with avg muy bueno y gratuito
  vivian wienholds  
conflicting information regarding this process
  Dr. Leonard  
pc world rated it #1 for a freebie...
  the wolf   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of avgemc.exe: based on 88 votes with 9 reviews. 78 users think avgemc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 6 users don't grade avgemc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving avgemc issues

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