What is nvSCPAPISvr.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 nvSCPAPISvr.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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NvSCPAPISvr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with nvSCPAPISvr
NvSCPAPISvr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Stereo Vision Control Panel API Server belongs to software NVIDIA Stereoscopic (version 3D Driver, 3D Driver Service) or Stereo Vision Control Panel API Server or NVIDIA Display Control Panel or NVIDIA Drivers or NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver by NVIDIA (

Description: NvSCPAPISvr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file nvSCPAPISvr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 383,264 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 382,824 bytes and 35 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. The nvSCPAPISvr.exe file is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. NvSCPAPISvr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > NVIDIA Stereoscopic 3D Driver or NVIDIA Display Control Panel).

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

NVidia Stereoscopic 3D Vision support service. Background service installed by the drivers of NVidia cards introduced from August 2009 onwards. This service supports the new NVidia Stereoscopic 3D Vision feature for gamers who want to use 3D wireless glasses when playing their games.
C:\Program Files (x86)\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
Nvidia Driver
  Vicky Sekhri  
Nvidia graphic card 3D driver
  meetoo   (further information)
Probably safe, by NVIDIA. (safe to remove if you don't have the 3D Vision hardware)
Nvidia driver, as stated previously for 3D.
Nvidia 3d
It's an update from NVIDIA
    (further information)
Nvidia graphics card drivers. extremely harmless!
if i turn off/disable nvSCPAPISvr.exe then images using windows image viewer are very slow to render. I could not figure out for the longest time what was wronf till i enabled nvSCPAPISvr.exe

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of nvSCPAPISvr.exe: based on 16 votes with 10 user comments. 11 users think nvSCPAPISvr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks nvSCPAPISvr.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade nvSCPAPISvr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving nvSCPAPISvr issues

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