What is cavwp.exe?

The genuine cavwp.exe file is a software component of Comodo Internet Security by Comodo.
Comodo Internet Security is a group of security programs that protect computers against malware, viruses, spyware, trojans and computer worms. Cavwp.exe runs the anti-virus program, part of Comodo Internet Security. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Comodo Internet Security (CIS) is available for the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. The program is distributed under the freemium model through three editions: Complete, Pro and the core free edition. All editions contain an antivirus, anti-rootkit and anti-spyware program, a sandbox, a personal firewall, and Defence+ (a host-based intrusion prevention system). The Comodo Group, Inc. is a group of American companies that design and develop computer software and provide SSL digital certificates, specializing particularly on computer and internet security. Comodo was founded by Melih Abdulhayo─člu in 1998 in the United Kingdom before relocating to the United States in 2004. The Comodo group is currently based in Clifton, New Jersey, USA.

CAvWP stands for COMODO Anti-virus Windows 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 cavwp.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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Cavwp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cavwp
Cavwp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as COMODO Internet Security belongs to software COMODO Internet Security Premium or COMODO Antivirus or COMODO Firewall or COMODO Internet Security by COMODO (

Description: Cavwp.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Cavwp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,503,384 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 2,504,408 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The cavwp.exe file is digitally signed. Cavwp.exe is not a Windows core file. Cavwp.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using cavwp.exe, you can do the following:
  • search for help on the company's website
  • remove the entire program COMODO Internet Security Premium or COMODO Internet Security using Windows Control Panel

Recommended: Identify cavwp.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cavwp.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the cavwp.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 is listed as a hidden generic host process also listed as a program and says when pointed at mith mouse admin rights missing also says it monitors all activity these are the files in this folder iys makin me shorten text many more files than i listed This program cannot be run in DOS mode.
It is Comodo Antivirus
Something is really wrong with this exe. Seems I found a lot of fake things impersonating Comodo etc. You can't uninstall or delete this. Not necessary for system.
It is the Cache Builder of Comodo Antivirus. You can disable it via the main program
  Daniel   (further information)
Installed as part of Comodo CIS update after version 5.12. Dangerous because it will tax a Windows XP-appropriate hardware platform to the point of inoperability. Comodo's brain-dead upgrade process does not check for the suitability of the PC - OS version is ignored, drive space is ignored, system speed and memory are ignored. The "upgrade" process will remove a working CIS version, then attempt to install one, aborting with "OS not supported" or continuing on until the newer version is installed, taking the formerly working PC to its knees. Strongly suggested: WIn XP is adequately protected by version 5.12 with the latest signatures. Remove versions 6 or 7 and reinstall 5.12.2499. Disable upgrade alert using the Preferences/upgrades tab. AV signatures will continue to be applied.
cavwp.exe is part of the Comodo On-Demand Antivirus scan. For making it less vulnerable it usually runs hidden and can only be removed by uninstalling Comodo. Be careful though if this process appears and you do not have Comodo products installed.
It is the real time component of Comodo antivirus, which is why it protects itself.
CPU unsafe load (or spy?) If you do not want your PC to burn out, here is a quite temporary 'solution' : 1. deactivate HIPS 2. kill cavwp.exe 3. rename cavwp.exe 4. reactivate HIPS 5. cavwp.exe is gone Let us hope Comodo will take this well-known trouble seriously, after such a long time of ignorance. Lamers !
  ComodoLamers   (further information)
It seems to run automatically on random dates right after boot up. It runs for as much as one-half hour, and while it runs, it takes most of the processing time greatly interfering with running anything else. When I end it using the task manager, I see no adverse effects.
This Comodo ESM process.
Comodo Antivirus
It is comodo at least mine.On reboot it will use a fair amount of cpu doing some scans and setting up but in a few minutes it calms down and pc runs great.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of cavwp.exe: based on 12 votes with 12 user comments. 4 users think cavwp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think cavwp.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving cavwp issues

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