What is vpc32.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 vpc32.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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Vpc32.exe file information

The process known as Symantec AntiVirus belongs to software Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec AntiVirus Client by Symantec (

Description: Vpc32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file vpc32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 280,304 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 280,112 bytes or 249,856 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file is not a Windows system file. It is a Verisign signed file. The vpc32.exe file is digitally signed. Vpc32.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec AntiVirus Client, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to to update it, go to for support, or go to Symantec AntiVirus or Symantec AntiVirus Client in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vpc32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the vpc32.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

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Keeps on showing up and nor Symantec's Norton antivirus nor GriSoft'AVG could wipe it out. It seem to kill antivirus processes and does thing in the computer - it is nos clear what exactly. It downloads other nuisance and hogs my DSL line.
block after a couple of minutes the browsing capabilities and stop the incoming/outcoming bandwith - need to end the process, search for it in the computer and deleted the files found
Symantec Antivirus
  Jonathan   (further information)
it's a nuisance
  Rae O'Neal  
vpc32.exe creates an error while scanning the computer and even it doesnot allow for live updates of any homepage doesnot even allow to change the internet explorer homepage
  sachin manandhar  
I tried removing vpc32.exe and Symantec Corp. 10 would no longer run.
I cannot run Symantec Antivirus Client because there is a missing file vpc32.exe.
  Barnyard Burner  
vpc32.exe this file abort or creat problem when we going top scan our computer or dowload any any of update from net
  prathamesh P. modgekar  
vpc32.exe is Dangers errors because it didn't allow syamantec to scan when i manual i scan our PC then this errors shows me and this erros are stop our scanning
  Jamaluddin Mohammadi IT Bamyan  
VPC32.exe is part of symantec antivirus and resides in the program files folder\SAV\ , it is an essential part of the antivirus program, Sometimes you need to turn off in task manager and restart due to the file stalling when you try to open Symantec.
VPC32.exe is part of Symantec anti-virus.

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Summary: Average user rating of vpc32.exe: based on 17 votes with 12 user comments. 7 users think vpc32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users suspect danger. 5 users think vpc32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving vpc32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vpc32. 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 vpc32.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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