What is Rtvscan.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 Rtvscan.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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Rtvscan.exe file information

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

The process known as Symantec AntiVirus or Norton AntiVirus

belongs to software Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec Endpoint Protection or Symantec AntiVirus Client or Norton AntiVirus Corporate or Symantec Client Security or Norton AntiVirus or Symantec AntiVirus Win64 or Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business

by Symantec (

Description: Rtvscan.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Rtvscan.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\Symantec_Client_Security\Symantec AntiVirus\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,816,768 bytes (8% of all occurrences), 1,813,232 bytes and 46 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. It is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. Rtvscan.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with Rtvscan.exe, you may also do the following:
  • look for help from the software company Symantec
  • search for an update on the vendor’s website
  • uninstall Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec Endpoint Protection software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7)

Recommended: Identify Rtvscan.exe related errors

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

My entire system runs at less than 20% CPU and less than 50% RAM even with Rtvscan active (2.4 GHz CPU and 4 GB RAM). Doesn't cause me any problems. Never had a problem wtih Symantec Endpoint Protection.
Uses on average over 400,000 k mem. Total hog and renders system almost useless. Corporate system so I can't uninstall or I would
it's antivirus file maybe core of symantec/norton antivirus, sometime dominate memory resources used when fighting virus and caused your computer slowing down
the rtv.scan takes up nearly 100% of my CPU and has now made my computer useless
Rtvscan is a total dog and waste of time it hog the memory and cpu
  john L  
killing the process will help, it will start again automatically however it will use significantly less resources
It fits the definition of a virus in that it really hurts productivity and is very hard to get rid of. Norton should clean up their act.
This is a Norton product, so there is no security harms. But it is a resource hog, it took almost entire CPU and memory speed of my PC. And off-course it is causing a loud noise for the CPU fans which also bothersome.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Rtvscan.exe: based on 174 votes with 9 reviews. 81 users think Rtvscan.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 44 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 25 users suspect danger. 20 users think Rtvscan.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 10 users don't grade Rtvscan.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Rtvscan issues

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