What is ccsvchst.exe?

Ccsvchst.exe, is associated with the Symantec Service Framework or Symantec Lic NetConnect Service. The process, ccsvchst.exe, runs in the background on all Windows operating systems.

Is the ccsvchst.exe file safe on my computer?

ccsvchst.exeThe file itself, unless modified, is considered as a safe and secure system file. However, your system may be vulnerable to threats if the file has been modified in any way. This includes the download and/or installation of a similar file (or a file with the same name).

Additionally, the ccsvchst.exe file should be located within “C:\Program Files”. If the file is found in a different location on your system, unless you personally moved it, your system may be at risk. However, if you notice multiple instances of the process running after viewing your Task Manager, do not fret. It is not abnormal for more than one ccsvchst.exe process to be running at the same time.

Can I safely stop or remove ccsvchst.exe?

As the process is required for certain applications within the Symantec framework, disabling and/or removing the process from your computer would likely cause those applications to stop working properly. While the process is not vital for computer function itself, it may make your system more vulnerable to threats. It is suggested to run a free computer scan to make sure your system is safe and secure.

What causes ccsvchst.exe errors? What is the easiest way to stop them?

  • “An attempt was made to execute an illegal instruction.”
  • CPU processing running at 100%
  • “Faulting application ccsvchst.exe version [number] faulting module [name] dll version [number] fault address [code]" when online
  • High memory usage
  • “The instruction at [code] referenced memory at [code]. The memory could not be written. Click OK to terminate the program.” when shutting down

Many ccsvchst.exe errors arise because of conflicts with either Symantec or Norton software.

The first solution may be to uninstall and reinstall Symantec Endpoint Protection, ccCommon, or Norton software. Follow these simple steps:

  • Click on Start and go to Control Panel
  • Click on Add or Remove Programs
  • Select the Symantec/Norton product
  • Click Uninstall
  • Re-install the same software/product (note: you may have to visit to find the newest software drivers)

If the only error on your system was directly related to this file, this should take care of any error messages you were receiving. If not, your system infection may be more complex.

If errors persist, contact Symantec for help. Alternatively, consider using a different antivirus/security program.

Whether these steps solved your problem or not, being proactive instead of reactive is always the best solution when dealing with your computer system and your personal information. With that in mind, it is advisable to download and install a computer scanning software program to make sure your system is safe and secure.