What is awhost32.exe?

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 awhost32.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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Awhost32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with awhost32
Awhost32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as pcAnywhere Host belongs to software Symantec pcAnywhere or pcAnywhere by Symantec (

Description: Awhost32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Awhost32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 106,496 bytes (71% of all occurrences) or 136,568 bytes. 
Awhost32.exe is not a Windows core file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program has no visible window. Awhost32.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Symantec provides direct support ( and update information ( You could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSymantec pcAnywhere.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as awhost32.exe. Therefore, you should check the awhost32.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

This file starts the host mode in pcAnywhere. Depending on your security settings this can be safe or your computer can be comprimised. Before running this service be sure to set your security preferences in the security tab in the properties
Host file for PCAnywhere by Symantec, waiting for a remote user to log in
  norms   (further information)
Would be dangerous if you did not know that it was installed on the computer. As the person who did install, would have remote access to computer over a network connection.
  Chip Buddy  

Summary: Average user rating of awhost32.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving awhost32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with awhost32. 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 awhost32.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.

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