What is navw32.exe?

The genuine navw32.exe file is a software component of Norton AntiVirus by Symantec.
The file is part of the Norton Anti-Virus software used to safeguard a computer from malware, including viruses, computer worms, and Trojan horses. Antivirus software is also capable of removing or preventing spyware and adware, and other forms of malicious programs, depending on the product selected.

NAVW32 stands for Norton AntiVirus Windows 32-bit Scanner Module

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 navw32.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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Navw32.exe file information

The process known as Norton AntiVirus Scanner Module or Symantec Shared Component Scanner Module belongs to software Norton AntiVirus or Symantec Shared Component by Symantec (

Description: Navw32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Navw32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 173,680 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 226,928 bytes, 245,608 bytes or 102,768 bytes. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Navw32.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 13% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using navw32.exe, you can remove the entire program SPBBC or Norton AntiVirus using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify navw32.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as navw32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the navw32.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

Norton Antivirus
  Filip   (further information)
navw.32 runs while scanning files with norton antivirus
this program is only dangerous if you don't have it
i downbought loaded on my computer now i cant find or it want let me down load any more
  tom harmon  
Essential part of Norton internet security - should NOT be deleted
  Baird Wallace   (further information)
Norton needs it to scan your computer to do its work of protecting you.
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Pointless and runs at the most inopportune times. I could take it or leave it.
I was told to remove navw32 and did, after which my Norton Antivirus wouldn't scan at all and left me totally unprotected!!
navw32.exe is the scanning module for Norton AV, it will only hog resources while a scan is happening. if there is no scan happening, it should not be running.
navw32 is sucking upto 92% of my CPU capacity - IT MUST GO!
It keeps locking up my Norton's Scan
  Christopher Holland  
The Process Server database currently registers navw32.exe to Symantec. I might add the disclamer that a virus may also be named navw32.exe so if you don't have Norton Anti-Virus installed - you have a problem.
  J. Graham  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of navw32.exe: based on 17 votes with 12 user comments. 12 users think navw32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks navw32.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving navw32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with navw32. 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 navw32.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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