What is SavService.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 SavService.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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SavService.exe file information

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

The process known as Performs virus scanning and disinfection functions or Sophos Anti-Virus belongs to software Sophos Anti-Virus by Sophos Plc ( or Sophos.

Description: SavService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SavService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,304 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 86,016 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also visit the vendor’s support site, update the program to the latest version or uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify SavService.exe related errors

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

This is a background service for Sophos as already stated, whilst this could be camouflaged you can easily tell as Sophos' SavService will be run from the Sophos directory in program files. Disabling or forcing this to close can cause problems for Sophos running correctly.
It is an anti-virus engine

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SavService.exe: based on 17 votes with 2 user comments. 9 users think SavService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user thinks SavService.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SavService issues

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