Deleting the file is recommended if it has been infected by malware
Many users are curious about the various files and background processes running each time they use their devices. In a previous guide, we discussed one of these processes, poqexec.exe. In this article, however, we will talk about another essential process, the aswBoot.exe file.
We will help you understand what this file means, its role on your device, and whether or not it is a legitimate program.
What is aswBoot.exe?
The aswBoot.exe is a genuine executable file associated with the Avast antivirus. The file is usually around 167592.00 bytes in size, and it is located by default in the C:\ WINDOWS\ system32\ folder.
What does aswBoot.exe do?
Some of the functions carried out by the aswBoot.exe file are listed below.
- It helps to scan your computer for viruses and other threats once your device starts up.
- It has the responsibility to isolate or permanently remove threats that are detected.
- It also controls Avast antivirus and ensures it starts once your PC boots up.
- It ensures constant updates of the Avast Antivirus database.
Is aswBoot.exe Safe?
According to our findings, we can guarantee that the aswBoot.exe file is a legitimate process that performs a specific role in the Windows operating system. However, many malicious software use this file name as a disguise to avoid detection, so we advise you to be cautious when dealing with this file.
If you suspect the aswBoot.exe file is corrupted, follow the steps in the next section.
What do I do if I think aswBoot.exe is infected with Malware?
Try out this quick fix before going for our more comprehensive solutions.
- Verify the file location – By default, the file should be located in the C:\ WINDOWS\ system32\ folder. If you discover the file is found in another location, you should be very cautious as this could be malware.
1. Perform a full system scan
- Open the command prompt by holding the Windows + R keys together, type cmd, then hold Ctrl + Shift simultaneously and hit Enter to open it in administrator mode.
- Once you are in the command prompt, paste the command below and hit Enter.
cd C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Platform\4.18*
- Next, input the command below to begin a full scan.
MpCmdRun -Scan -ScanType 2
- Patiently allow the process to finish and see if the problem has been fixed. If Windows Defender does not detect the problem, we recommend reviewing our list of antivirus programs that perform better than Windows Defender.
2. Delete the aswBoot.exe file
- Open the Task Manager by holding the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys simultaneously.
- Look for the aswBoot.exe process among the list of running processes.
- Once you find the program, right-click on it and choose End task.
- After ending the process, please return to the file in the Task Manager, right-click on it, and select Open file location.
- Once you are in the file path, right-click on it and choose Delete to remove the file.
In conclusion, diligently reading this article will equip you with solid knowledge regarding the aswBoot.exe file and how to effectively use it. If you have difficulties navigating the Windows Task Manager, read our guide to overcome this problem.