What is PQV2iSvc.exe?

The genuine PQV2iSvc.exe file is a software component of Norton PowerQuest|Norton Ghost by Symantec.
"PQV2iSvc.exe" is the file that runs PowerQuest, which comes with Norton Ghost software. This file runs as a backup process that creates images of your hard drive for the Norton Ghost software. It protects your computer in case you need to load a backup due to virus infections or other system malfunctions. PowerQuest was a utility software company that was purchased by Symantec in 2003. Symantec is a Fortune 500 company that focuses on security, backup, and storage software for consumer and commercial use.

PQV2iSvc stands for PowerQuest V2i Service Module

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 PQV2iSvc.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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PQV2iSvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with PQV2iSvc
PQV2iSvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Service Module or V2i Protector Service Module belongs to software Norton Ghost or V2i Protector by Symantec ( or PowerQuest (

Description: PQV2iSvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PQV2iSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Ghost\Agent\ or C:\Program Files\Symantec\Norton Ghost\Agent\ or C:\Program Files\PowerQuest\Drive Image 7.0\Agent\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,200,128 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 1,269,760 bytes, 1,208,320 bytes, 1,273,856 bytes or 1,253,376 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The PQV2iSvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. PQV2iSvc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Norton Ghost or PowerQuest Drive Image, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on Norton Ghost or PowerQuest Drive Image in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify PQV2iSvc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as PQV2iSvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the PQV2iSvc.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

Norton Ghost / Powerquest v2i software
Ghost 9.0 file... OK
  '][' ']\['  
Part of norton ghost 9
  Greg   (further information)
Appears to be Nortons Ghost
a bit useless but harmless
Symantec Norton Ghost drive snapshop background process  
Power Quest backup process
It eats up 70-80% of my processor and I cannot end the process. Even if I have all backups disabled it still runs. Bogs my system down.
Can it process to consume 20 Mb of memory when I not restoring data?
It uses up tons of CPU capacity, and nothing happens when I turn it off with ctl-alt-delete
well, i always exit it and it doesnt affect my pc...and im pretty sure that its from norton beacuse i didnt have it before,im a guy who usually likes to have minimal processes i exit it out.
If you need Powerquest Drive image installed leave it. If you uninstall the program it stays, then re-boot in Safe Mode and delete it. Worked for me. I think after you repartition a drive you need this file as part of an undo process to work correctly.
Partition Magic
  Paul Olson  
Belongs indeed to Norton Ghost. To stop it, stop the "Norton Ghost" process in "Services"
A Norton file, should not cause you problems; if you are see link
  Trueplayer   (further information)
Power Quest ,comes with Norton Ghost
Norton Ghost
it is norton ghost process
came with norton. i check my processes after every install and i installed norton ghost 9 tonight and straight away this showed up. it is powerquest v2. part of norton. clean!
Norton Ghost
PowerQuest was bought by Symantec so it's Ghost 9 or old Drive Image. If you have validate image checked, it will use up lots of cpu power after the backup is done.
It is Norton Ghost and it only eats up CPU when it is not working right for me. I reboot and that solves the issue.
Norton Ghost process
Norton Ghost backup process
Does this service slow down computer startup/shutdown?
It is located in my Norton Ghost/Agent folder and is obviously a Ghost process.
Administrative service for scheduling and disk imaging.
its Norton Ghost
  Captain Picard  
Part of Norton Ghost
it's used to make a mirror image of your hard drive
  Lynn West  
Seems to be related to Norton Ghost, but it has a lot of I/O reads to the hard drive, which can slow things down
Norton Ghost service
Required BY DI 7 for making disk or partition image backups. main program of Powerqwest Drive Image 7. Allows onlineonline backups of open files. older programs would need to reboot to access the drive hardware before windows so there would be nothing happening with the disk during the imaging process. this is a low level service to attain that close access to the physical drive.
A Norton Ghost file, it runs even if you deselect ghost from the startup tab on msconfig.exe. Sometimes fairly lightweight, this file seems to occasionally go for the power grab and soak your CPU bigtime. If you have this file running and never use Norton Ghost, and your IT dept does not use Ghost when you're gone to make periodic backups: Uninstall Ghost!
Used by Norton Ghost
CPU usage over 98% for long.
  Dennis Yu  

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Summary: Average user rating of PQV2iSvc.exe: based on 42 votes with 36 user comments. 31 users think PQV2iSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 6 users don't grade PQV2iSvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving PQV2iSvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with PQV2iSvc. 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 PQV2iSvc.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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