What is nsesvc.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 nsesvc.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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Nsesvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with nsesvc
Nsesvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Norman Scanner Engine Service belongs to software Norman Scanner Engine or Norman Internet Control plus by Norman ASA (

Description: Nsesvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The nsesvc.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 282,624 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 322,616 bytes, 310,328 bytes, 183,352 bytes or 320,840 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Nsesvc.exe is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Nsesvc.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. Nsesvc.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:
  • visit the support page
  • uninstall the software Norman Security Suite or Norman Virus Control using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify nsesvc.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving nsesvc issues

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