What does the SavService.exe file do?
The SavService.exe process is also known as Performs virus scanning and disinfection functions and is a part of Sophos Anti-Virus. This software is produced by Sophos. An obsolete or defective version of SavService.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- SavService.exe has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- SavService.exe 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)
- SavService.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SavService.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SavService.exe SavService.exe
SavService.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file SavService.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 285,136 bytes (20% of all these files), 206,328 bytes, 289,448 bytes, 270,120 bytes or, as the case may be, 205,096 bytes.
You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. SavService.exe possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. This particular software is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. For this reason, 3% 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 SavService.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 SavService?
|This is a background service for Sophos as already stated, whilst this could be camouflaged you can easily tell as Sophos' SavService will be run from the Sophos directory in program files. Disabling or forcing this to close can cause problems for Sophos running correctly. |
|It is an anti-virus engine |
Summary: 3 users judge SavService.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net
How to uninstall Sophos Anti-Virus
To remove SavService.exe 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 Sophos Anti-Virus in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if SavService.exe (SavService.exe) 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 SavService.exe. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for SavService.exe 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 SavService.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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