What is AVKCl.exe?

The genuine AVKCl.exe file is a software component of AntiVirenKit Client/Server by G DATA Software.
AVKCl.exe is the main executable used to run the AntiVirenKit Client/Server program, an anti-virus developed for Windows networks. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The AVK Management Server maintains, manages and controls all AVK clients on a network hosting anything from workstations, laptops to file servers. Individual client processes quietly run in the background. The Management Server offers central control that enables remote installation, automatic updates, and remote changes to system settings. G DATA Software was founded in Bochum, Germany in 1985. G Data Software products generally use multiple anti-virus engines for detecting threats, thus achieving greater detection of viruses, malware, trojans and other security risks. G DATA is amongst the eldest security software companies in the world.

AVKCl stands for G DATA AntiVirus Kit Client

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 AVKCl.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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AVKCl.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AVKCl
AVKCl.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as G Data Security Software Client or G DATA AntiVirus Client or G Data Client

belongs to software G Data Security Software or G DATA AntiVirus or G DATA Software AG or G Data Client or G Data AntiVirus Client or AntiVirenKit Client

by G Data Software AG ( or G DATA Software AG (

Description: AVKCl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file AVKCl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,800,696 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 775,752 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The AVKCl.exe file is digitally signed. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. AVKCl.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Gdata provides direct support ( You could completely remove G DATA Software AG or G Data Security Client (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify AVKCl.exe related errors

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

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  Helge Schiefenbusch  
AVKCl.exe is the executable file for G-Data security, if it is on your computer and you have not installed G-Data security then it could be an issue but normally this has been installed by either yourself, a previous user of the computer or IT Support (corporate) - if in doubt ask IT support DO Not just try to remove it! although not essential to windows running it is essential for your computers security!
  John Brown  

Summary: Average user rating of AVKCl.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 4 users think AVKCl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving AVKCl issues

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