What is nvvsvc.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 nvvsvc.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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Nvvsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with nvvsvc
Nvvsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NVIDIA Driver Helper Service (version 307.83, 258.96, 306.97, 340.52, 285.62, 314.22, 311.06, 341.44, 191.07, 296.10, 275.33, 197.45, 310.90, 327.02, ...) or NVIDIA Display Driver Service belongs to software NVIDIA Driver Helper Service or NVIDIA Display Driver Service or NVSVC by NVIDIA (

Description: Nvvsvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The nvvsvc.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 129,640 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 196,608 bytes and 57 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. Nvvsvc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 23% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If nvvsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 93,184 bytes. The software has no file description. The program is not visible. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Nvvsvc.exe is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as nvvsvc.exe, for example HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_CLICKER.SMG (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the nvvsvc.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

I see nvvsvc.exe is "NVIDIA Driver Helper Service"
I have 2 of them. 2nd one has a file size of 30 and title NvSvc, the 1st one is 18. and no title or description
its related to invidia but if you dont have an nvidia gpu and or have 2 nvvsvc.exe running at the same time , there is a good chance its a virus
  mohamed lachtar  
When I reboot there is run time error displayed in the sign in window. I click it off, and am able to still log on with no apparent issues, but I keep getting the run time error when rebooting after installing new Nvidia drivers. Never had the issue before.
  Dale H.  
Nvidia driver application. check that there is only one such application running, and make sure, that you have an nvidia graphics card.
  Ranga Yogeshwar  
It started drawing cpu when HP support assistant did a "tune Up." I'd say it was updated by HP, and not a problem for you if it is the file it says it is. If not, you in for trouble!
  Alex Wierbinski  
if you disable this, nvidia control panel will not work. so leave it on!
It is from after downloading the drivers for your nvidia video card. Not malware, is Windows7 certified.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of nvvsvc.exe: based on 36 votes with 9 reviews. 20 users think nvvsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 4 users think nvvsvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 10 users don't grade nvvsvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving nvvsvc issues

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