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What is pifsvc.exe?

Part of LiveUpdate Notice by Symantec

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How does pifsvc.exe run?

Service - pifsvc.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'LiveUpdate Notice Service' (LiveUpdate Notice Service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. LiveUpdate Notice Service runs as a service that can share a process with other Win32 services.

How does pifsvc.exe start?

Startup files (all users) run - pifsvc.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Symantec PIF AlertEng' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe" /a /m "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\Al' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the pifsvc.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of pifsvc.exe users, 11.1% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is pifsvc.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00001% CPU129.1%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          3.33 MB RAM15.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         9 GDI objects6.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\common files\symantec shared\pif\{b8e1dd85-8582-4c61-b58f-2f227fca9a08}\pifsvc.exe

Are there other versions of LiveUpdate Notice?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by LiveUpdate Notice.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)

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File details

File name: pifsvc.exe
Publisher: Symantec Corporation (verified)
Name: LiveUpdate Notice
Description: LiveUpdate Notice Service
Product version: 1.4
Size: 569.38 KB
Original file name: PIFSvc.dll

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 10/30/2007
Expiration date: 11/24/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000824744%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000695598%
User CPU: 0.00001291460966%
Privileged CPU time: 535.6 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 10,741,784
CPU cycle count /min: 548,216
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 73.87 MB
Peak committed memory: 76.66 MB
Paged memory: 3.33 MB
Peak paged memory: 3.85 MB
Paged system memory: 112.36 KB
Non-paged system memory: 5.94 KB
Working set memory: 855.33 KB
Peak working set memory: 4.83 MB
Min working set memory: 88.67 KB
Private memory: 3.33 MB
Page faults: 38,854
Page faults /min: 12
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1,529
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 10.97 KB
Read transfer /min: 2 Bytes
Total write operations: 75
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 1.29 KB
Write transfer /min: 0 Bytes
Total other operations: 5,946
Other operations /min: 2
Total other transfer: 12.04 KB
Other Transfer /min: 4 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 9
USER objects: 3
Handle count average: 173
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 32-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe" /m "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PifEng.dll"
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe" /a /m "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\AlertEng.dll"

Service details

Name: LiveUpdate Notice Service
Service type: Win32ShareProcess
Description: “Manages Norton product notices.”

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: Symantec PIF AlertEng
Command: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\PIFSvc.exe" /a /m "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\PIF\{B8E1DD85-8582-4c61-B58F-2F227FCA9A08}\Al

Image hashes

MD5: 2d1389e05a807d956829f44bd4b60389
SHA-1: d9ed368fb21d68b26b11e2b8bef1dd281c1835d1
SHA-256: 8496fcccf2c96550f67f53f91592e3ba7b74654abd1d84794f6b63a79bc357b2

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
File packed: No
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