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What’s Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe (SPWindowsService)? Is it safe or a virus?

Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe is a legitimate Windows service belonging to Lavasoft Software Canada, and its app description is "SPWindowsService".

This file is part of Lavasoft's products, such as Ad-Aware, which are designed to provide anti-spyware and antivirus protection for Windows systems. The main purpose of Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe is to run in the background as a Windows service, providing real-time protection and other security features to help detect and remove various forms of malware, spyware, and other potentially unwanted software. It helps to keep the user's system safe from security threats while allowing the user to carry out their computing activities with peace of mind.

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior

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Who makes Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe (SPWindowsService)?

We’ve found Lavasoft Software Canada should be the publisher of Lavasoft.WCAssistant.WinService.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: April 15, 2024

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