What is sched.exe?

The genuine sched.exe file is a software component of Avira Free Antivirus by Avira.
Avira Free Antivirus is a security program that protects computers against malware, viruses, spyware, trojans and computer worms. Sched.exe launches the antivirus scheduling service that allows users to set a time for the program to automatically start a virus scan. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Avira Free Antivirus is a freely available security program for non-commercial or home use. The program features an antivirus scanner, PUA (potentially unwanted applications) shield, cloud protection technology and more. Avira Free Antivirus supports the Windows, Mac OSX, iOS and Android platforms. Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG is a German company that develops antivirus software, applications for Internet security, privacy protection, as well as performance tools for multiple platforms. Avira was founded as H+BEDV Datentechnik by Tjark Auerbach in 1986 in Tettnang, Germany. The company launched the first instance of AntiVir, its first antivirus program in 1988, combating viruses found on MS-DOS systems. In 2006, the company changed its name to Avira after merging with its sister company, AntiVir PersonalProducts GmbH. Avira is currently headquartered in Tettnang, Germany.

Sched stands for Avira AntiVir Scheduler

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 sched.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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Sched.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sched
Sched.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Antivirus Scheduler or Antivirus Host Framework Service or Avira Scheduler

belongs to software Avira AntiVir Personal - Free or Avira Product Family or Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition or Avira Free Antivirus or Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus or Avira Premium Security Suite or Avira AntiVir Premium or Avira Internet Security (version 2012)

by Avira GmbH ( or Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG.

Description: Sched.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sched.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 68,865 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 108,289 bytes and 35 more variants. 
Sched.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Sched.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with sched.exe, you can remove the entire program Avira AntiVir Personal or Avira Premium Security Suite using Windows Control Panel, contact Customer Service [1][2] or verify that you have installed the latest version [1][2].

Recommended: Identify sched.exe related errors

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

It is part of AviraAntivir auto update capabilities.
  Mateo   (further information)
antivir updateplaner
  René   (further information)

  Sebastian S.   (further information)
OK - Antivirus Prog.
Antivir part
avira antivirus update scheduler
  chris a  
Scheduler vom AntiVir, wird benötigt um tägliche Updates/Scannläufe zu timen. Absolut unbedenklich. -- Scheduler of the program AntiVir, needed to run daily updates/scans. Completly harmless.
  Coke1984   (further information)
process of antivir antivirus
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of sched.exe: based on 42 votes with 9 reviews. 35 users think sched.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think sched.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sched issues

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