What is avp.exe?

The genuine avp.exe file is a software component of Kaspersky Internet Security by Kaspersky Lab.
"Avp.exe" is a Windows system service and is the main executable process in multiple antivirus products from Kaspersky Lab, (e.g., Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Kaspersky Internet Security), which install it under "C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Labs\Kaspersky %product-name%." Microsoft .NET Framework is required. Using the Control Panel's "Uninstall a Program" applet will remove the entire product. Scans currently running show in Task Manager as an additional "avp.exe" process. The graphical user interface is handled by "avpui.exe". Kaspersky Lab North America, founded in 2004 by CEO Eugene Kaspersky and based in Massachusetts, USA with offices in 32 countries, is the world's largest privately-owned cybersecurity company and one of the fastest-growing. PC Security Shield and other companies license Kaspersky's technology and install it under different subpaths. In KAV 2011 and 2015, "Avp.exe" had issues consuming CPU, (up to 99%), said to be fixed in 2016.

AVP stands for Anti-Virus Process

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.

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Avp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avp
Avp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 Kaspersky Total Security or The Shield Deluxe (version 2008) or Kaspersky Endpoint Security (version 10 for) or Xilisoft Video Converter or Whizzo or Defender Pro Internet Security

by Kaspersky Lab ( or Kaspersky Lab ZAO ( or AO Kaspersky Lab or PCSecurityShield ( 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 (12% of all occurrences), 221,184 bytes and 59 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 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with avp.exe, you can remove the entire program Kaspersky Internet Security using Windows Control Panel, ask Customer Support to assist you or update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify avp.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

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.


User Comments

It's activated at moments the computer is left waiting on action. If it's needed then it's bad for the power consumption and the wear of the (not ssd) HD.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus (Russian: Антивирус Касперского; formerly known as AntiViral Toolkit Pro; often referred to as KAV) is an antivirus program developed by Kaspersky Lab. It is designed to protect users from malware and is primarily designed for computers running Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, though a version for Linux is available for business consumers.
  George   (further information)
avp.exe is a file related to the ip: It is an "outgoing" type, however it also has to do with Kaspersky antivirus
im running kaspersky (unfortunately) and this file is in this case a part of the anti virus program. however it is consuming my memory and grinding my computer to a halt, sooo f'ing annoying.
  annoyed KIS user!!  
Is a process related to kaspersky. kaspersky is an antivirus software that also has firewall and other web security features. AVP is the main process and it can't be force closed through Task Manager nor Process explorer.
  KIS User.  
Kaspersky is my most trusted Anti-Virus, and it is NOT a virus.
The issues is usually due to a Firefox issue. Clear out the cache in firefox and limit it to 50 MB of ram and the issue should be resolved
this is kaspersky securety center and this app belong Kaspersky Anti-Virus
  behrooz zahedi  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of avp.exe: based on 96 votes with 9 reviews. 45 users think avp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 7 users think it's probably harmless. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 12 users suspect danger. 22 users think avp.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 13 users don't grade avp.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving avp issues

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 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 avp.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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