What is Avira.ServiceHost.exe?

The genuine Avira.ServiceHost.exe file is a software component of Avira Antivirus by Avira.
Avira Antivirus is a security program that protects computers against malware, viruses, spyware, trojans and computer worms. Avira.ServiceHost.exe runs core processes required for Avira applications. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Avira Antivirus is a security program available as either an all-inclusive subscription-based service or a free tool with limited features. The program features an antivirus scanner, PUA (potentially unwanted applications) shield, cloud protection technology and more. Avira Free Antivirus supports the Windows, Mac OSX, iOS and Android platforms. Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German company that develops antivirus software, applications for Internet security, privacy protection, as well as performance tools for multiple platforms. Avira was founded as H+BEDV Datentechnik by Tjark Auerbach in 1986 in Tettnang, Germany. The company launched the first instance of AntiVir, its first antivirus program in 1988, combating viruses found on MS-DOS systems. In 2006, the company changed its name to Avira after merging with its sister company, AntiVir PersonalProducts GmbH. Avira is currently headquartered in Tettnang, Germany.

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 Avira.ServiceHost.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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Avira.ServiceHost.exe file information

The process known as Avira Service Host belongs to software Avira.OE.ServiceHost by Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG.

Description: Avira.ServiceHost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Avira.ServiceHost.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 372,272 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 251,160 bytes and 13 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. Avira.ServiceHost.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. Avira.ServiceHost.exe is not a Windows core file. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is a Verisign signed file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Avira Launcher or Avira Connect occur, you may also want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify Avira.ServiceHost.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Avira.ServiceHost.exe. Therefore, you should check the Avira.ServiceHost.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

Meine Avira.ServiceHost.exe: 249120 Bytes BS: Win XP Pro macht Probleme seit 2/2016 (evtl auch schon seit 5.1.2016, an dem Tag wurde geupdated) Arbeitsspeicher läuft nach 2-3 Tagen Rechnerbetrieb immer weiter voll. Es wird aber nicht im Task Manager unter "Prozesse" angezeigt. Auch die Summe aller Prozesse passt nicht zu dem, was unter Systemleistung angezeigt wird. Nach 1 Woche ununterbrochenem Rechnerbetrieb bei 2GB RAM friert der Rechner langsam ein, die Auslagerungsdatei wurde bereits erweitert, Programme starten nicht mehr. Praxisbeispiel (nach 2 Tagen Rechnerbetrieb): Avira.ServiceHost.exe unter Prozesse angezeigt als 150 MB. Prozess Avira.ServiceHost.exe gekillt per "Prozess beenden". Anzeige unter "Systemleistung" geht um 850 MB zurück. Die Avira.ServiceHost.exe startet ziemlich sofort wieder, liegt dann aber erstmal bei mäßigen 12-64 MB RAM-Verbrauch. [nicht das erste RAM-Problem bei Avira]
avira ist schlecht. mußte auch gerade einen laptop mit i5 und 6gb ram wegen viren fixen. der "virus" begann nach ca. 5 minuten, den speicher vollzumachen. aber es war kein virus, es war avira.
  satans lil helper  

Summary: Average user rating of Avira.ServiceHost.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving Avira issues

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