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:
- CA ISafe service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- CA ISafe service 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)
- isafe.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module isafe.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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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.
- A isafe.exe file has a 54% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32. In this case, the file size is usually 188,416 bytes (72% of all these files), 184,320 bytes or, as the case may be, 204,800 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The application is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. Isafe.exe does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. You can use Windows Control Panel (Programs icon) to completely remove the software. Isafe.exe is capable of make itself undetectable by other programs.
- A isafe.exe file has a 64% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 184,320 bytes. The file does not supply any version information or other description. This process 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. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. Isafe.exe is capable of hide itself from other programs.
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...) |
|This Is Part Of Zone Alarm Security Suite Ver.5.0 |
|Not dangerous. This monitor is part of Zone Alarm Security Suite version 5.0 and higher |
|Confirmed - Belongs to EZAV Program from Computer Associates |
|known proesses (ZoneAlarm) (further information...) |
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
To remove CA ISafe service 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 Computer Associates Antivirus or ZoneAlarm Security Suite in the list of available programs.
- 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.