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What is alsvc.exe?

Part of Sophos AutoUpdate by Sophos Limited

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How does alsvc.exe run?

Service - alsvc.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'Sophos AutoUpdate Service' (Sophos AutoUpdate Service). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Sophos AutoUpdate 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.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the alsvc.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of alsvc.exe users, 20.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is alsvc.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00002% CPU212.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          2.32 MB RAM10.8%
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.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\sophos\autoupdate\alsvc.exe

Are there other versions of Sophos AutoUpdate?

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 Sophos AutoUpdate.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)
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File details

File name: alsvc.exe
Publisher: Sophos Limited (verified)
Name: Sophos AutoUpdate
Description: Sophos AutoUpdate Service.
Version: 4.1.1.18
Product version: 3.1.1
Size: 333.79 KB
Original file name: ALSvc.exe

Digital certificate

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

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000438253%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000225926%
User CPU: 0.00002123267131%
Privileged CPU time: 2515.62 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 1 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,866,203,064
CPU cycle count /min: 3,106,133
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 38.92 MB
Peak committed memory: 50.47 MB
Paged memory: 2.32 MB
Peak paged memory: 2.59 MB
Paged system memory: 64.86 KB
Non-paged system memory: 10.94 KB
Working set memory: 2.29 MB
Peak working set memory: 5.55 MB
Min working set memory: 152 KB
Private memory: 2.32 MB
Page faults: 99,148
Page faults /min: 21
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 3,680
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 339.85 MB
Read transfer /min: 73.28 KB
Total write operations: 1,880
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 339.81 MB
Write transfer /min: 73.27 KB
Total other operations: 27,495
Other operations /min: 6
Total other transfer: 267.34 KB
Other Transfer /min: 58 Bytes
Resources
Handle count average: 117
Thread count average: 7
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\AutoUpdate\ALsvc.exe"

Service details

Name: Sophos AutoUpdate Service
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Part of the updating system for Sophos components”

Image hashes

MD5: 1abe4e5f76932f78c64741272d1ad9af
SHA-1: 449ca9887200e63c081fe1d3c3ee2a0eef612e5f

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 7.1
File packed: No
Import Table
kernel32.dll
msvcp71.dll
msvcr71.dll
ole32.dll
rpcrt4.dll
shlwapi.dll
user32.dll
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