What does the ashWebSv.exe file do?
The ashWebSv.exe process is also known as avast! Web Scanner and is a part of avast! Antivirus. This software is produced by ALWIL Software (www.avast.com). An obsolete or defective version of ashWebSv.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- avast! Web Scanner has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- avast! Web Scanner has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ashWebSv.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ashWebSv.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ashWebSv.exe avast! Web Scanner
ashWebSv.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file ashWebSv.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\ (as a rule C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 352,920 bytes (49% of all these files), 345,464 bytes, 348,344 bytes or, as the case may be, 349,560 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The ashWebSv file is not part of the Windows operating system. AshWebSv.exe possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. This process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. AshWebSv.exe is capable of hide itself from other programs. For this reason, 38% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves ashWebSv.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about ashWebSv?
|Avast! Anti-virus browser virus scanner |
|Avast Antivirus |
|antivirus freeware |
|Its Avast's! Web Scanner |
|It's for scanning with Avast software. (further information...) |
Summary: 66 users judge ashWebSv.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted ashWebSv.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall avast! Antivirus
To remove avast! Web Scanner from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for avast! Antivirus in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if ashWebSv.exe (avast! Web Scanner) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of avast! Web Scanner. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for avast! Web Scanner or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or ashWebSv.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.