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What is afwserv.exe?

Part of avast! Antivirus by AVAST Software

What is it?

avast! firewall service - Avast Antivirus is a full-featured antivirus and anti-spyware scanning and removal product. Avast offers a web-reputation browser extension as well as virtualization technology. Accurate threat updates via avast updates are delivered automatically using PUSH update technology in Avast! Antivirus.
Description of afwserv.exe from AVAST Software
Free antivirus with anti-spyware protection for Windows. AVAST Software leads the security software industry – protecting 160 million PCs, Macs and Mobiles around the globe – by distributing FREE antivirus software that makes no compromises in terms of protection. Dependable and fast, with a small resource footprint, it often outperforms competitors’ paid-for antivirus suites.
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How does afwserv.exe run?

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


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the afwserv.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of afwserv.exe users, 25.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is afwserv.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00051% CPU5101.2%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
7.02 MB RAM32.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     119 /min5.3%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         5 GDI objects3.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     3 context switches/sec3.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\avast software\avast\afwserv.exe

Are there other versions of avast! Antivirus?

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 avast! Antivirus.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

About AVAST Software

avast! antivirus software provides complete virus protection for your computer. Antivirus engine is complemented by anti-spyware, firewall and antispam modules More...
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File details

File name: afwserv.exe
Publisher: AVAST Software (verified)
Name: avast! Antivirus
Description: avast! firewall service
Version: 8.0.1497.376
Size: 134.73 KB
Original file name: afwServ.exe

Digital certificate

Issued to: AVAST Software
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 1/31/2014

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0011448722%
Privileged CPU: 0.0006347492%
User CPU: 0.00051012294469%
Privileged CPU time: 804.36 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 493,214,362
CPU cycle count /min: 17,684,157
Context switches /sec: 3
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 74.49 MB
Peak committed memory: 82.17 MB
Paged memory: 7.02 MB
Peak paged memory: 11.54 MB
Paged system memory: 103.63 KB
Non-paged system memory: 23.5 KB
Working set memory: 7.68 MB
Peak working set memory: 14.67 MB
Min working set memory: 2.71 MB
Private memory: 7.02 MB
Page faults: 26,208
Page faults /min: 9
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 113,028
Read operations /min: 118
Total read transfer: 29.52 MB
Read transfer /min: 15.66 KB
Total write operations: 60
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 812.78 KB
Write transfer /min: 100 Bytes
Total other operations: 16,325
Other operations /min: 7
Total other transfer: 882.85 KB
Other Transfer /min: 622 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 5
USER objects: 3
Handle count average: 193
Thread count average: 19
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\afwServ.exe"

Service details

Name: avast! Firewall
Service type: Win32ShareProcess
Description: “Implements main functionality for avast! Firewall”

Image hashes

MD5: 68e3356bc848124f56bdac3c70c2e54b
SHA-1: 15b96698333914d5d1470b9c41b4459ea7a20d27
SHA-256: 1dfaef208832de8c4de656268bd1d345a2b306988a0016d43fa360528b2ffd75

PE image details

File packed: No
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