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What is nis.exe?

Part of Norton Internet Security by Symantec

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How does nis.exe run?

Service - nis.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'NIS' (Norton Internet Security). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Norton Internet Security 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 0.4% of all Boost users have the nis.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of nis.exe users, 12.5% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is nis.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00017% CPU1665.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
47.26 MB RAM219.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
14,928 /min662.6%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
              31 GDI objects20.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     2 context switches/sec2.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\norton internet security\engine\\nis.exe

Are there other versions of Norton Internet Security?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

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 Norton Internet Security.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 8.1 (6.2.9200.0)

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File details

File name: nis.exe
Publisher: Symantec Corporation (verified)
Name: Norton Internet Security
Description: Norton Internet Security
Product version:
Size: 269.9 KB
Original file name: ccSvcHst.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 9/7/2010
Expiration date: 11/23/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0004921181%
Privileged CPU: 0.0003255726%
User CPU: 0.00016654555949%
Privileged CPU time: 107511594.06 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 199 ms
CPU cycle count: 187,482,646
CPU cycle count /min: 767,655,798
Context switches /sec: 2
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 531.26 MB
Peak committed memory: 820.97 MB
Paged memory: 47.26 MB
Peak paged memory: 246.63 MB
Paged system memory: 606.66 KB
Non-paged system memory: 65.36 KB
Working set memory: 11.68 MB
Peak working set memory: 241.02 MB
Min working set memory: 8.92 MB
Private memory: 47.26 MB
Page faults: 15,809,936
Page faults /min: 6,212
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 16,505,946
Read operations /min: 9,875
Total read transfer: 507.39 MB
Read transfer /min: 5.47 MB
Total write operations: 7,184,822
Write operations /min: 5,053
Write transfer /min: 1.62 MB
Total other operations: 8,766,358
Other operations /min: 4,188
Other Transfer /min: 331.73 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 31
Peak GDI objects: 41
USER objects: 43
Peak USER objects: 54
Handle count average: 2,454
Thread count average: 40
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
System Tray: Yes
Parent Processes
Child Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\\NIS.exe" /s "NIS" /m "C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\\diMaster.dll" /prefetcC:1
"C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\\NIS.exe" /c /a /s UserSession2
"C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Engine\\NIS.exe" /c /a /s UserSession

Service details

Name: Norton Internet Security
Service name: NIS
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Norton Internet Security”

Network connectivity

TCP: on port 59312
TCP: on port 64237
TCP: on port 61699

Image hashes

MD5: 1305f77d8b17aa4c516263d6f8013836
SHA-1: c8423efb623793f3c1a0e5656702eb9727e67a1d

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 10.0
File packed: No
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