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 avp.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.
The process known as Kaspersky Anti-Virus or avp.exe" -r or The Shield Deluxe (version 2008) or Kaspersky Endpoint Security (version 10 for Windows) or Viricide
belongs to software Kaspersky Internet Security (version 2013, 2011, 2012, 2010) or Kaspersky Anti-Virus (version 2009, 2013, 6.0 for, 2010, 2011, 2012, 6.0 for Windows, 6.0 für Windows) or Kaspersky PURE or The Shield Deluxe (version 2008) or Kaspersky Endpoint Security (version 10 for) or Kaspersky Total Security or Xilisoft Video Converter or Whizzo or Defender Pro Internet Security
by Kaspersky Lab (www.kaspersky.com) or Kaspersky Lab ZAO (www.kaspersky.com) or PCSecurityShield (www.pcsecurityshield.com) or Whizzo Technologies or Defender Pro or SureWest Communications.
Description: Avp.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Avp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 227,856 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 221,184 bytes and 56 more variants.
It is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Run). The avp.exe file is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file. Avp.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If avp.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 39% dangerous. The file size is 7,680 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 340,520 bytes, 36,868 bytes or 218,880 bytes. The program has no visible window. The avp.exe file is not a Windows system file. Avp.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself.
If avp.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 227,856 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 221,184 bytes. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Avp.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.
If avp.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 22,016 bytes.
If avp.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 26,116 bytes.
If avp.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 22,016 bytes.
If avp.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 24,639 bytes.
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as avp.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TrojanClicker:Win32/Hatigh.C (detected by Microsoft), and Packed.Mystic!gen4 or Downloader (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the avp.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with avp. 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 avp.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.