What is kavmm.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 kavmm.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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Kavmm.exe file information

The process belongs to software Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro or Kaspersky Anti-Virus (version 5.0 for Windows Workstations, 5.0 for File Servers) by Kaspersky Lab (

Description: Kavmm.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file kavmm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro 5\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 209,021 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 204,413 bytes, 203,389 bytes or 203,901 bytes. 
The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The kavmm.exe file is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Kavmm.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with kavmm.exe, you may want to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal or Kaspersky Anti-Virus for).

Recommended: Identify kavmm.exe related errors

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

Full machine check of Kaspersky Antivirus. Takes up an annoying amount of system resources - change schedule if necessary :-)
From Kaspersky Labs. Kind of a resource pig though as it uses generally 2-5% CPU on a constant basis.
  Chris   (further information)
Part of Kaspersky anti-virus
Part of Kaspersky anti-virus, may be more then one of these processes running at once

Summary: Average user rating of kavmm.exe: based on 9 votes with 4 user comments. 9 users think kavmm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving kavmm issues

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