What is SymSnapService.exe?

The genuine SymSnapService.exe file is a software component of Norton Ghost by Symantec.
SymSnapService.exe is an executable file that runs the Symantec Snapshot Service, a process that takes regular Norton Ghost to take regular backups of specified files and folders. This is not a core Windows process and can be removed if known to create problems, however, Norton Ghost will not run without this service. Ghost is short for 'General Hardware-Oriented System Transfer. It is a disk cloning and backup tool conceived by Murray Hazard in 1995 for Binary Research, a New Zealand company. Symantec bought the technology for US$ 27.5 million in July 1998. Symantec is an American company that develops and distributes security, storage and systems management solutions and offers services that support its software. It was established in 1982 by Dr. Gary Hendrix, a specialist in the processing of natural languages and artificial intelligence. Symantec was initially funded by a monetary grant by the National Science Foundation and later through venture capital firms. Symantec is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and is currently a Fortune 500 company that employs over 1,100 people.

SymSnapService stands for Symantec Snapshot Service

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 SymSnapService.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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SymSnapService.exe file information

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

The process known as Symantec Snapshot Service belongs to software Symantec SymSnap Components Development Edition by Symantec (

Description: SymSnapService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SymSnapService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,558,000 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 1,964,528 bytes, 1,553,904 bytes or 1,553,896 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:

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


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Best practices for resolving SymSnapService issues

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