What is sftvsa.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 sftvsa.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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Sftvsa.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sftvsa
Sftvsa.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Application Virtualization Virtual Service Agent or Application Virtualization Service Agent belongs to software Microsoft Application Virtualization or Application Virtualization Service Agent or Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop or Microsoft Office com Clique para Executar by Microsoft (

Description: Sftvsa.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file sftvsa.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 219,496 bytes (87% of all occurrences), 207,528 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Sftvsa.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Microsoft provides an uninstall program (Control Panel->Software->Microsoft Corporation or Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sftvsa.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sftvsa.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 hotfix package addresses the following issues: When you use HTTP publishing after an application was published locally, App-V clients may not retrieve icons, shortcuts, or file-type associations. Sequencing applications that modify environment variables may cause the App-V Sequencer to crash. This program has the highest potential to do damage to your PC of any microsoft certified program according to Security Task Manager. This file was signed by a registrar. You can trust this file if you this registrar and the software's manufacturer. The program doesn't have any visible window and runs in the background. In the best case it is device driver software. The process can manipulate any program running on Windows, or any program that is part of the Windows operating system. A Hook is set for this one. A Hook is a Windows internal function that can forge a list of files on your hard drive, for example, by manipulating the dir command. The program that starts the process is not visible to other programs like AntiVirus software. The file is not a part of the Windows operating system. Please be careful if the file is in the Windows directory and it cannot be associated with any installed software product or hardware driver.
  Brent Holbrook   (further information)
Der Prozess Microsoft Application Virtualization Virtual Service Agent oder Application Virtualization Service Agent gehört zur Software Microsoft Application Virtualization oder Application Virtualization Service Agent oder Microsoft Application Virtualization Desktop der Firma Microsoft (
  Pietro   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of sftvsa.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think sftvsa.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving sftvsa issues

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