What is ISWSVC.exe?

The genuine ISWSVC.exe file is a software component of ZoneAlarm Browser Security by Check Point Software Technologies.
The background process for ZoneAlarm Browser Security, this application runs when your web browser is initialized and protects your web browsing from threatening web sites and penetration attacks. Once installed, ForceField acts as a protection layer and monitors all web traffic. ZoneAlarm is currently distributed by SonicWALL, an internet security company now owned by Dell.

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 ISWSVC.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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ISWSVC.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ISWSVC
ISWSVC.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ZoneAlarm ForceField or ZoneAlarm Browser Security belongs to software ZoneAlarm Browser Security or ZoneAlarm ForceField or ZoneAlarm Toolbar or ZoneAlarm ForceField IswSvc by Check Point Software Technologies (

Description: ISWSVC.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ISWSVC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 497,320 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 497,280 bytes and 17 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The ISWSVC.exe file is not a Windows system file. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. ISWSVC.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of ISWSVC.exe, you can uninstall the software ZoneAlarm Toolbar or ZoneAlarm Browser Security using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program) or search for help on the company's website.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ISWSVC.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ISWSVC.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

ISWVC.exe is a process for Zone Alarm Forcefield
  Mike   (further information)
ISWSVC.exe is a process from ZoneAlarm ForceField service by Check Point Software Technologies and part of ZoneAlarm ForceField.
Es ist ein teil der Zone Alarm Firewall
  Zone Alarm User  
...I deleted ZA, but ISWSVC is still running !
  after many  
its ZoneAlarm Process for Browser Security
it's for ZoneAlarm's browser security feature.
  ZA user for 2 years  
Part of ZoneAlarm Firewall

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Summary: Average user rating of ISWSVC.exe: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. 6 users think ISWSVC.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks ISWSVC.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving ISWSVC issues

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