What is avwsc.exe?

The genuine avwsc.exe file is a software component of Avira Antivirus Pro by Avira.
Avira Antivirus Pro is a security program that protects against malware, viruses, spyware, trojans and computer worms. Avwsc.exe runs the Workstation Scanner. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Avira Antivirus Pro is a security program designed for small to medium businesses. The program features real-time threat protection, network drive and email protection, as well as a centralized management interface that allows control all devices through an online dashboard. Avira Antivirus Pro is available for the Windows platform. 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.

AvWSc stands for Avira Workstation Scanner

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 avwsc.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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Avwsc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avwsc
Avwsc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as WSC Helper Tool belongs to software Avira AntiVir Personal - Free or Avira Product Family or Avira Free Antivirus by Avira GmbH ( or Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG.

Description: Avwsc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Avwsc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 208,592 bytes (43% of all occurrences), 98,480 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with avwsc.exe, you may want to completely remove Avira AntiVir Personal - Free or Avira Free Antivirus (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), turn to the software developer, Avira, for advice or check if there is a newer version available.

Recommended: Identify avwsc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as avwsc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the avwsc.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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avwsc.exe is a process from avwsc by Avira GmbH and part of AntiVir Workstation.

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

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Best practices for resolving avwsc issues

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