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What’s sftvsa.exe (Microsoft Application Virtualization Virtual Service Agent)? Is it safe or a virus?

sftvsa.exe is a process associated with Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V). It is a part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) and is responsible for user-specific application virtualization and streaming.

Virtual applications are hosted on centrally controlled servers and provided to users as a service in real time, based on their needs. Users can initiate these virtual applications from well-known access points and use them as though they were installed directly on their local devices.

This executable file allows users to run virtualized applications without installing them on their local computers. It manages the virtualized application launch and monitors their activity to ensure efficient streaming and usage. The process helps in reducing the impact on system resources and allows for flexible and efficient application management within an organization.

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Who makes sftvsa.exe (Microsoft Application Virtualization Virtual Service Agent)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of sftvsa.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: March 12, 2024

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