What is Navw32.exe

Norton AntiVirus - Meinen Computer prüfen.job - Norton AntiVirus - Symantec Corporation

File description

Navw32.exe with description Norton AntiVirus - Meinen Computer prüfen.job is a process file from company Symantec Corporation belonging to product Norton AntiVirus.
The file is digitally signed from Symantec Corporation - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
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What is navw32.exe?
This is part of the Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security software. It is a core component of the aforementioned Symantec Norton products. The following is a screenshot of Norton AntiVirus 2008 under Windows XP:

This process is not essential to the operation of the system; however, it should not be removed unless it is causing problems. Removing or disabling this program will disable the virus protection on your system.

Notice that navw32.exe typically runs as the current user (in this case, Mike). A process with this name running as a user other than the current user may indicate a malware infection.

Dangers of navw32
As this is a legitimate executable that is installed on any system with Norton AntiVirus or Norton Internet Security, it is common 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 %ProgramFiles%\Norton AntiVirus. 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. The following malware is known to disguise itself as navw32.exe:
  • W32/Passmail (%SystemRoot%\System32)
    • This is a virus that attempts to steal passwords the user enters, including those for banking websites.
  • Troj/Agent-CG (%SystemRoot%\System32)
    • This is a backdoor Trojan that automatically downloads additional malware from the Internet and establishes itself as a proxy for use by the attacker.
There is typically only one instance of navw32.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 a Symantec Norton product installed, the presence of this executable is a likely sign of a virus infection.

Common problems
  • You get an error when trying to run Norton AntiVirus
    • It is possible that a virus disabled Norton AntiVirus. You will need to reinstall it.
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • There are many possible causes for this. You should first check to ensure that you do not have a virus.
    • Once you are sure that your system is clean, install all available updates for Norton AntiVirus.
    • If the problem persists, reinstall your Norton software.
  • "NAVW32.EXE entry point not found, the procedure entry point GetScanManager could not be located in the dynamic link library ScanMgr.dll"
    • It is likely that a virus modified Norton AntiVirus. You will need to uninstall and reinstall it.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
073 %windir%\Tasks

Digital signatures found for this file

60 Symantec Corporation - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
32 Symantec Corporation - VeriSign Time Stamping Service
23 Symantec Corporation - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer - G2
5 Symantec Corporation - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G4
1 Symantec Corporation - Symantec Time Stamping Services Signer - G3

MD5 security rating in our database

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Warning: Some malware might rename itself to navw32.exe. Always make sure that your file is from a verified publisher.

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