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What is swc_service.exe?

Part of Sophos Anti-Virus by Sophos Limited

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How does swc_service.exe run?

Service - swc_service.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'Sophos Web Control Service' (Sophos Web Control Service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Sophos Web Control Service runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the swc_service.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of swc_service.exe users, 16.7% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is swc_service.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00004% CPU390.8%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     2 MB RAM9.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 3 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\sophos\sophos anti-virus\web control\swc_service.exe

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
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File details

File name: swc_service.exe
Publisher: Sophos Limited (verified)
Name: Sophos Anti-Virus
Description: Sophos Web Control Service
Product version: 10.0.4
Size: 349.02 KB
Original file name: swc_service.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: Sophos Limited
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 3/12/2010
Expiration date: 2/12/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000957079%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000566327%
User CPU: 0.00003907523872%
Privileged CPU time: 858.01 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,540,545,150
CPU cycle count /min: 1,138,346
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 52.36 MB
Peak committed memory: 54.94 MB
Paged memory: 2 MB
Peak paged memory: 2.05 MB
Paged system memory: 88.24 KB
Non-paged system memory: 11.28 KB
Working set memory: 2.13 MB
Peak working set memory: 5.79 MB
Min working set memory: 168 KB
Private memory: 2 MB
Page faults: 21,782
Page faults /min: 4
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 16,792
Read operations /min: 3
Total read transfer: 330.99 KB
Read transfer /min: 55 Bytes
Total other operations: 17,334
Other operations /min: 3
Total other transfer: 342.93 KB
Other Transfer /min: 57 Bytes
Handle count average: 121
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\Web Control\swc_service.exe"

Service details

Name: Sophos Web Control Service
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Manages Web Control policy.”

Image hashes

MD5: bd03374253f79ce7a716a870dc85bd84
SHA-1: 867d46e24cf5b0fbc300e8804e26c6a99b789d7e
SHA-256: 668fd4879fe0c2ecd535a042a4f63491966429f2a3b71057615b91cadd4611fa

PE image details

File packed: No
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