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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 258.96, 306.97, 285.62, 191.07, 314.22, 275.33, 307.83, 311.06, 197.45, 296.10, 196.21, 310.90, 301.42, 280.26, ...) or NVIDIA Display Driver Service belongs to software NVIDIA Driver Helper Service or NVIDIA Display Driver Service or NVSVC by NVIDIA (www.nvidia.com).

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 8/7/XP are 129,640 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 196,608 bytes and 32 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/nvvsvc.exe.html 
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. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If nvvsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 82% dangerous. The file size is 93,184 bytes. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The nvvsvc.exe file is not a Windows system 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.

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User Comments

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!
  dude  
It is from nvidia.com after downloading the drivers for your nvidia video card. Not malware, is Windows7 certified.
  dimebags7  
NVIDIA Driver Service. Nothing to worry about, unless your Computer doesn't have a NVIDIA Graphics Card.
  Mauricio de Souza  
I have two versions. Both are in system32, but i just can see one.
  Nexus  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of nvvsvc.exe: based on 33 votes with 9 reviews. 19 users think nvvsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think nvvsvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 9 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 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 nvvsvc.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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