What is avp.exe?
The file, avp.exe, is for a process related to Kaspersky AntiVirus and Internet Security programs. As an antivirus program, Kaspersky provides protection for your system against malware (viruses, Trojans, spyware, etc.) As an optional feature, Kaspersky can also provide firewall protection.
Is avp.exe a necessary system file or is it harmful?
This file is not known to be harmful in any way unless it has been compromised in some way. Some viruses, Trojans, malware, or other malicious files, hide themselves as other file names. If that is the case, the file may be infected and should be scanned/quarantined or removed from your system altogether (depending on the severity).
How can I tell if my version of avp.exe is safe or dangerous?
The file should be located within C:\Program Files. If you notice avp.exe in a separate directory on your system, this is a big warning sign that it may be an infected file. Additionally, if the file has a slightly different name than the original, it may be compromised as well.
Due to the nature of the file, it is not abnormal for multiple instances of the process to be found running simultaneously.
Is it possible to have a virus hidden within the avp.exe file?
It is unlikely to have a file masked as avp.exe. However, a variety of malicious files (backdoor infections, Trojans, downloaders, and/or worms) may infect your avp.exe file. Some of these include:
Even though this file is in relation to a security software, it is recommended to run an external scan in case this file (and others) are infected.
Should the avp.exe file/process be stopped?
Stopping the process is a definite possibility, although it will likely stop any Kaspersky software from running properly until the file is restarted. If the file is showing errors continuously, a complete system scan or uninstall/reinstall is likely the best solution.
Why am I getting avp.exe errors, and how do I stop them?
A Trojan is an innocent-looking, but malicious computer file that is usually distributed via email. Other types of malware can be acquired through other means of internet access (such as browsing the internet or downloading software).
A common complaint related to Kaspersky software is that it can cause high CPU usage. If you experience error messages associated with avp.exe, you may want to uninstall and reinstall the Kaspersky Internet Security Suite.
Possible error messages from avp.exe include:
- “avp.exe application error. The exception integer division by zero.”
- “The instruction at [error code] referenced memory at [error code]. The memory could not be read.”
If you encounter any of these errors, it is extremely recommended to run a registry scan to clean up a corrupted user registry. In addition, the errors could be caused by incorrect OS configuration, corrupted program files, an outdated version of application, or a virus infection.
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