What is runner_avp.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 runner_avp.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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Runner_avp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with runner_avp
Runner_avp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Kaspersky Anti-Virus belongs to software Kaspersky Internet Security (version 2013) or Kaspersky Anti-Virus (version 2013) by Kaspersky Lab ZAO (

Description: Runner_avp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Runner_avp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 24,504 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 24,256 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The runner_avp.exe file is digitally signed. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The runner_avp.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It is a Verisign signed file. runner_avp.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Kaspersky provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 or Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2013).

Recommended: Identify runner_avp.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as runner_avp.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the runner_avp.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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Best practices for resolving runner_avp issues

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