What is Ashdisp.exe

avast! - avast! Antivirus - ALWIL Software

File description

Ashdisp.exe with description avast! is a process file from company ALWIL Software belonging to product avast! Antivirus.
The file is digitally signed from ALWIL Software - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
We do not recommend removing digitally signed files from ALWIL Software

What is ashDisp.exe?
This is a part of Avast! anti-virus software. It is used to display pertinent information to the end user.

This process is not essential to the operation of the system; however, it should not be terminated unless absolutely necessary. By killing this process, you may lose your virus protection. If you wish to permanently disable this process, you should perform the proper uninstallation procedures for your software.

Dangers of ashDisp
As this is a legitimate executable that is included with Avast! anti-virus, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name as this process but be stored somewhere other than in an Avast! related subdirectory of %ProgramFiles%. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.

There should never be more than one instance of ashDisp.exe running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. If you do not have any Avast! software installed, the presence of this executable is a likely sign of a virus infection.

Common problems
  • Application error - the application failed to initialize properly
    • This is often caused by a virus infection. As the virus likely destroyed your installation of Avast!, you should reboot into safe mode to reinstall Avast! and perform a scan. Do not reboot normally until you have removed the virus, as it will probably just break your Avast! installation again.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User
004 All users startup startmenu
005 Current user startup startmenu
006 Start Menu\Programs\Startup
007 Roaming Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Digital signatures found for this file

    Certificate 
25 ALWIL Software - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
7 ALWIL Software - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer

MD5 security rating in our database

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43 files (Safe and digitally signed)
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Warning: Some malware might rename itself to ashdisp.exe. Always make sure that your file is from a verified publisher.

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