What is SNDSrvc.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 SNDSrvc.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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SNDSrvc.exe file information

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

The process known as Network Driver Service belongs to software Symantec Security Drivers or Symantec Network Drivers Service by Symantec (

Description: SNDSrvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SNDSrvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (mainly C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 206,552 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 214,672 bytes, 214,408 bytes, 214,720 bytes or 206,048 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The SNDSrvc.exe file is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. SNDSrvc.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher Norton provides direct support ( and update information ( You could completely remove Norton Internet Security Suite or Norton AntiVirus / SymNet (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

Norton Internet Security ?
this file is A Internet security program & it should not be removed
  Matt Rollins   (further information)
Norton AV 2005 (aucun problème) Symantec
Part of Symantec Norton Internet Security suite
  Georg   (further information)
I removed NORTON from my system and this process remains active
This file is also part of Norton Antivirus. I am unable to remove it even after uninstalling Norton AV
It Causes PDG (Astonsoft Trojan Scanner) to "hang"
  Billy da "kid"  
I don't have Norton AV, but the file is present
Recommendation for SNDSrvc.exe: Should not be disabled, required for essential applications to work Author: Symantec Part Of: Norton Antivirus
Install Norton Firweall 2005 fails with following errors: missing export KERNEL32.DLL:DelayLoadFailureHook follwed by ...symantic/SndSrvc.exe device not working. I can not solve. Maybe Win 98SE incompatible.
Part of Norton AV

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SNDSrvc.exe: based on 11 votes with 11 user comments. 6 users think SNDSrvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks SNDSrvc.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 3 users don't grade SNDSrvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SNDSrvc issues

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