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What does the isafe.exe file do?

The isafe.exe process is also known as CA ISafe Service and is a part of Computer Associates Antivirus or, as the case may be, ZoneAlarm Security Suite. This software is produced by Computer Associates International (www.ca.com). An obsolete or defective version of isafe.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about isafe.exe CA ISafe service

isafe.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file isafe.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (normally C:\Program Files\CA\eTrust EZ Armor\eTrust EZ Antivirus\ respectively C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\). Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 144,960 bytes (28% of all these files), 144,696 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This isafe program is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. Isafe.exe is capable of make itself undetectable by other programs. For this reason, 46% 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 isafe.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 isafe?

This is an Computer Association company Anti-Virus program. Monitor for any virus activities. (further information...)
Kev
This Is Part Of Zone Alarm Security Suite Ver.5.0
SpLiG63
Not dangerous. This monitor is part of Zone Alarm Security Suite version 5.0 and higher
Parsifal
Confirmed - Belongs to EZAV Program from Computer Associates
Dominick
known proesses (ZoneAlarm) (further information...)
cyberblob

Summary: 66 users judge isafe.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 3 users have already deleted isafe.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Computer Associates Antivirus or ZoneAlarm Security Suite

isafe.exe  CA ISafe service fix

To remove CA ISafe service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Computer Associates Antivirus or ZoneAlarm Security Suite in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if isafe.exe (CA ISafe service) 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 CA ISafe service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for CA ISafe service 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 isafe.exe is causing problems for you, a good Registry Cleaner 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.

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