What does the SymWSC.exe file do?
The SymWSC.exe process is also known as Norton Security Center Service and is a part of Norton Security Center. This software is produced by Symantec (www.symantec.com). An obsolete or defective version of SymWSC.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Norton Security Center service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Norton Security Center 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)
- SymWSC.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module SymWSC.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about SymWSC.exe Norton Security Center service
SymWSC.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file SymWSC.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents" (normally C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 316,544 bytes (84% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 308,352 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. SymWSC.exe is no part of Microsoft Windows. The file possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. You can find the file or its related application in Control Panel under Programs. You can then rerun the setup or uninstall the program. SymWSC.exe is capable of hide itself from other programs. For this reason, 13% 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 SymWSC.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 SymWSC?
|symwsc.exe is a process belonging to the Symantec Security Center. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated |
|Backdoor Virus (further information...) |
|asked for permission to access the internet only after installing mcafee security center. possibly to report that to symantec. |
|It is part of Norton, but an annoying one. It causes the same error message (subscription expired) to pop up literally every 20 seconds. Whatever you press it just comes up again 20 secs later. Annoying. But by closing the prog this stops. I went the whole hog and removed it. Everything is fine. |
|It's a bugger. It kept asking me about an expired registation. When I say kept, it popped up a message box every 15 seconds or so. The ONLY way to stop this was to terminate this process. |
Summary: 11 users judge SymWSC.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, 3 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted SymWSC.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Norton Security Center
To remove Norton Security Center 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 Norton Security Center in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if SymWSC.exe (Norton Security Center 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 Norton Security Center service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Norton Security Center 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 SymWSC.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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