What is pavwait.dll?

Pavwait.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if pavwait.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Pavwait.dll file information

The process known as PavWait Dynamic Link Library belongs to software PavWait Dynamic Link Library by Panda Software (

Description: Pavwait.dll is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pavwait.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 131,072 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). Pavwait.dll is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as pavwait.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the pavwait.dll 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

Part of panda anti-virus application hooking layer
  Spacen Jasset  
it's part of Panda's Internet Security software...for some reason it doesn't dissapear after you uninstall the need to find it and delete it
It is part of Panda Anti-virus Software Products
  Lisa Lyons   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of pavwait.dll: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think pavwait.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving pavwait issues

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