What is avgfws8.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 avgfws8.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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Avgfws8.exe file information

The process known as AVG Firewall Service belongs to software AVG Internet Security or Steganos Internet Security (version 2009) by AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o (

Description: Avgfws8.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Avgfws8.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,212,184 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,220,888 bytes, 1,370,488 bytes or 1,339,600 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. Avgfws8.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall AVG or Steganos Internet Security 2009 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify avgfws8.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as avgfws8.exe. Therefore, you should check the avgfws8.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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Summary: Average user rating of avgfws8.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving avgfws8 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with avgfws8. 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 avgfws8.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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