What does the awhost32.exe file do?
The awhost32.exe process is also known as pcAnywhere Host and is a part of Symantec pcAnywhere. This software is produced by Symantec (www.symantec.com). An obsolete or defective version of awhost32.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- pcAnywhere Host has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- pcAnywhere Host 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)
- awhost32.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module awhost32.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about awhost32.exe pcAnywhere Host
awhost32.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Awhost32.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 106,496 bytes (83% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 136,568 bytes.
It is no part of Microsoft Windows. This awhost32 program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. This process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. Awhost32.exe is capable of make itself undetectable by other programs. For this reason, 33% 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 awhost32.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 awhost32?
|This file starts the host mode in pcAnywhere. Depending on your security settings this can be safe or your computer can be comprimised. Before running this service be sure to set your security preferences in the security tab in the properties |
|Host file for PCAnywhere by Symantec, waiting for a remote user to log in (further information...) |
|Would be dangerous if you did not know that it was installed on the computer. As the person who did install, would have remote access to computer over a network connection. |
Summary: One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net
How to uninstall Symantec pcAnywhere
To remove pcAnywhere Host 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 Symantec pcAnywhere in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if awhost32.exe (pcAnywhere Host) 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 pcAnywhere Host. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for pcAnywhere Host 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 awhost32.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.