What is SAVAdminService.exe?

The genuine SAVAdminService.exe file is a software component of Sophos Anti-Virus by Sophos Plc.
"SAVAdminService.exe" is part of Sophos Anti-Virus and is the status reporter that sends information on the antivirus software to the Windows Security Center (WSC). The file will not do anything if the WSC is not present. Sophos is an IT security company that focuses on securing IT network systems and many devices and servers within the network structure. Their goal is to make the complicated simple with easy to use interfaces. Big companies like Ford, Pixar, Xerox, Toshiba, etc. use Sophos to secure their technology and Sophos has been in operation for over 30 years.

SAvAdminService stands for Sophos Antivirus Administrator Service

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 SAVAdminService.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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SAVAdminService.exe file information

The process known as Sophos Administrator Service belongs to software Sophos Anti-Virus by Sophos Plc ( or Sophos.

Description: SAVAdminService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SAVAdminService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 163,056 bytes or 216,640 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 29% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with SAVAdminService.exe, you can also do the following:

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

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