What is ScanningProcess.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 ScanningProcess.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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ScanningProcess.exe file information

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

The process known as Kaspersky AV Scanner or ZoneAlarm Security Suite or ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS or ZoneAlarm Anti-virus

belongs to software ZoneAlarm Security Suite or Kaspersky Lab. kave or ZoneAlarm Anti-virus or ZoneAlarm Extreme Security or ZoneAlarm or Kaspersky Lab. ScanningProcess or ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS or SecurityPlus for MDaemon or Verizon Online Help and Support

by Kaspersky Lab ( or ParetoLogic (

Description: ScanningProcess.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ScanningProcess.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or in the Windows folder for temporary files or in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 139,264 bytes (65% of all occurrences), 135,168 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. There is no information about the author of the file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. ScanningProcess.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:
  • visit the vendor’s support site [1][2]
  • update the program to the latest version
  • uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramZoneAlarm Security Suite or ParetoLogic Anti-Virus PLUS

Recommended: Identify ScanningProcess.exe related errors

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

after scaning which place will save the document
I don't have zonealarm but this file is using more memory then anything on my pc
  Peter Lesperance  
It is part of Rogers Online Protection; no need to worry. It does take up a lot of memory at some times.
Seems to eat machine resources alive at times.
  Cruzr Guy  
This executable is lodged in a zonealarm folder, and seems to run very often. Can't find an option in ZA to disable, schedule, or otherwise affect it's excruciating, painful, scan of death. Whoops, just found a link that claims it's a trojan named trojan. See link provided below.
  Fred Middleton   (further information)
I think also it belongs to PCGuard. I can`t stop it from running either.
Is also part of virgin media broadband package or any other company using kapersky to power their AV. Annoying but hamless.
  AndyH   (further information)
I takes up a great deal of memory when it runs
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ScanningProcess.exe: based on 33 votes with 9 reviews. 16 users think ScanningProcess.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think ScanningProcess.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 9 users don't grade ScanningProcess.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ScanningProcess issues

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