What does the PIFSvc.exe file do?
The PIFSvc.exe process is also known as LiveUpdate Notice Service and is a part of LiveUpdate Notice. This software is produced by Symantec (www.symantec.com). An obsolete or defective version of PIFSvc.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- LiveUpdate Notice service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- LiveUpdate Notice 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)
- PIFSvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module PIFSvc.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about PIFSvc.exe LiveUpdate Notice service
PIFSvc.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. PIFSvc.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents".
The file size is 583,048 bytes.
It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. The producer of the file is registered with a certificate authority. This confirms the genuineness of the file. The PIFSvc file 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. This PIFSvc.exe process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run). For this reason, 17% 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 PIFSvc.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 PIFSvc?
|It CAN NOT be removed by the Add\Remove programs applet. It is insidious and keeps badering you to buy a symantec subscription even if you have removed all symantec products from your system. I've talked to several people and no one can figure out how to remove it. NEVER BUY A SYMANTEC PRODUCT or any machine that comes loaded witha symantec product unless you want to be badgered every day you use it to buy a $100 subscription you don't want. Talk about a computer hack! |
|Required for Symantic's Security Suite. Does not remove with the Symantic Uninstaller, and will hamper use of any other security software if not wanted. (further information...) |
|pifsvc.exe is a LiveUpdate Notice Service from Symantec |
Summary: One user considers it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted PIFSvc.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall LiveUpdate Notice
To remove LiveUpdate Notice service 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 LiveUpdate Notice in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if PIFSvc.exe (LiveUpdate Notice 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 LiveUpdate Notice service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for LiveUpdate Notice 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 PIFSvc.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.