What is aw_host5?

Aw_host5.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if aw_host5.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Aw_host5.sys file information

The process known as pcAnywhere Host Driver for Windows (version 2000, 2000/XP) belongs to software Symantec pcAnywhere or pcAnywhere by Symantec (

Description: Aw_host5.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file aw_host5.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 33,496 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 31,192 bytes, 16,984 bytes or 24,365 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. The aw_host5.sys file is not a Windows system file. The file is a keyboard driver, can record inputs. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. aw_host5.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with Symantec pcAnywhere occur, you may also want to uninstall it software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7), visit the vendor’s support site or find out if there is a newer version available.

Recommended: Identify aw_host5.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as aw_host5.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the aw_host5.sys 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

Symantic PcAnywhere host (Remote connection)
Part of Symantec PC Anywhere 9.0+ drivers
  Steve I   (further information)
aw_host5.sys ist notwendig für pc-anywhere! Sonst ist kein Windows-Start möglich!
  P Matec  
Symantec PcAnywhere Treiber

Summary: Average user rating of aw_host5.sys: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 6 users think aw_host5.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving aw_host5 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with aw_host5. 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 aw_host5.sys 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.

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