What does the Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe file do?
The Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe process is also known as SPWindowsService and is a part of Web Companion or, as the case may be, WC Assistant. This software is produced by Lavasoft (www.lavasoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- SPWindowsService has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- SPWindowsService 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)
- Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe SPWindowsService
Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 17,168 bytes (50% of all these files), 25,232 bytes or, as the case may be, 25,192 bytes.
It is the WCAssistantService service: Ad-Aware Web Companion Internet security service.
The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe is no part of Microsoft Windows. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). For this reason, 34% 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 Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.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 Lavasoft?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall Web Companion or WC Assistant
To remove SPWindowsService from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Web Companion or WC Assistant in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe (SPWindowsService) 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 SPWindowsService. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for SPWindowsService 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 Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.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.
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