What is SAVScan.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 SAVScan.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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SAVScan.exe file information

The process known as Symantec AntiVirus Scanner or AutoProtect belongs to software Symantec AntiVirus AutoProtect or AutoProtect or Norton AntiVirus (version 2005) by Symantec (

Description: SAVScan.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SAVScan.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\ or C:\Program Files\Norton SystemWorks\Norton Antivirus\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 194,272 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 198,368 bytes, 193,816 bytes, 197,864 bytes or 198,416 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. SAVScan.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The SAVScan.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with SAVScan.exe, you may also remove the entire program Norton AntiVirus 2004 or SPBBC using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify SAVScan.exe related errors

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

Das ist ein Teil von Norton Antivirus.
  Vampire   (further information)
part of Norton AntiVirus 2004. Not dangerous.
Das eigentliche Scan Programm von Norton AntiVirus
  Psyllo   (further information)
Part of Symantec Norton Internet Security suite
  Georg   (further information)
It's a norton antivirus file, which normally scans anything in your hard-drive which causes high CPU usage. It can be annoying when you have low RAM or HDD space. If you're experiencing slowdowns you'll want to upgrade your hard drive and/or your RAM. Norton is a resource hog. But.... This process belongs to the popular Norton Antivirus scans the files on your system in the attempt to find viruses or other malicious applications. Terminating this process will prevent the antivirus from finding viruses in real time.
  WinsonKOH   (further information)
Taking up all my computer space... norton antivirus is being so annoying... i'd rather have a virus than not being able to move my computer at all...
this .exe is good but slows down every install. so annoying. would not recomened it.
It creates error code 1308
  Bhuvanesh Kumar  

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Summary: Average user rating of SAVScan.exe: based on 9 votes with 8 user comments. 7 users think SAVScan.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks SAVScan.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SAVScan issues

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