What is SVPWUTIL.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 SVPWUTIL.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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SVPWUTIL.exe file information

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

The process known as SVPWUTIL Application belongs to software TOSHIBA Supervisor Password or SVPWUTIL Application by TOSHIBA CORPORATION ( or TOSHIBA (

Description: SVPWUTIL.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SVPWUTIL.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 352,256 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 438,272 bytes, 65,536 bytes or 532,480 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The SVPWUTIL.exe file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall TOSHIBA Supervisor Password or TOSHIBA Flash Cards Support software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SVPWUTIL.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SVPWUTIL.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 enables "Supervisor password" functionality on a Toshiba laptop.
svpwutil.exe is part of Toshiba Hardware Setup for their laptops and supervisor password utility for the computer's BIOS. If you want to setup a supervisor password on BIOS without restarting the computer to BIOS, you can do it from here

Summary: Average user rating of SVPWUTIL.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think SVPWUTIL.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving SVPWUTIL issues

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