What is ccsvchst.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 ccsvchst.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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Ccsvchst.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ccsvchst
Ccsvchst.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Symantec Service Framework or Symantec Lic NetConnect service or LiveUpdate Notice or Common Client Job Manager Service

belongs to software Symantec Security Technologies or Symantec Event Manager, Symantec Settings Manager, Symantec Lic NetConnect service, LiveUpdate Not or Norton 360 or ExploreExpress or Symantec Lic NetConnect service or Symantec Event Manager, Symantec Settings Manager, Symantec Lic NetConnect service or Common Client Job Manager Service

by Symantec ( or Microsoft Screen.

Description: Ccsvchst.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ccsvchst.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 126,392 bytes (27% of all occurrences), 130,008 bytes and 17 more variants. 
Ccsvchst.exe is a Verisign signed file. Ccsvchst.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with ccsvchst.exe, you may want to do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ccsvchst.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Suspicious.Cloud.9 or Spyware.BCWinSpy (detected by Symantec), and UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic or Trojan-Spy.Win32.WinSpy.hq (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the ccsvchst.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

Visual Studio just-in-time -Debugger an unhandled win32 exception occurred in ccSvchst.exe{1624}
  khalid khan  
I don't know if what ccsvchst.exe is useful or not, but I found that when I close icloud and dropbox, programs that are typically constantly trying to synchronize over the network, then the cpu usage of ccsvchst.exe goes down from about 80% to about 20%.
  Mark Andrews  
Norton has been off my laptop for two years now, yet this and three other Norton files are still active. Neither my Antivirus "Windows Defender" or my anti Malware program find anything wrong with these Norton files. They do take a small amount of memory, but I am suspicious because Norton should not be running at all on here. I don't think it is essential, but will have to do more research before deleting the files in the Norton Management folder.
It eats up large amounts of CPU capacity, sometimes 100%
My Dell Computer will not shut down normally with ccSvcHst running. ccSvcHst must be forced to close or the computer will stay on. I uninstalled Norton 360 leaving Identity Safe only installed. But if this little hunk of malware is the cause of my CPU overload trouble then OUT it goes too. I really expected much better from Norton than THIS.
The ccsvchst.exe file is automatically added to your computer upon installing the Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager
  Amit Gupta  
ccsvchst is serious killer you can't even access anything it keeps you continuous restarting and all your programs will be unusable due to unexpected running applications and highly used performance of CPU s0 ccsvchst is more then virus
Even if all Norton Antivirus features and updates are turned off, ccsvhst.exe seems to be using cpu whenever e-mail is checked or a program is opened.
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Summary: Average user rating of ccsvchst.exe: based on 81 votes with 9 reviews. 29 users think ccsvchst.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's probably harmless. 13 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 18 users suspect danger. 11 users think ccsvchst.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 25 users don't grade ccsvchst.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ccsvchst issues

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