What is AVK.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AVK.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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AVK.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AVK
AVK.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as G Data AntiVirus or G DATA ANTIVIRUS belongs to software G Data InternetSecurity (version 2011) or G Data Security Software or G DATA Security Software by G Data Software AG ( or G DATA Software AG (

Description: AVK.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The AVK.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)" (in most cases C:\Program Files (x86)\G Data\InternetSecurity\AVK\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 510,952 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 342,008 bytes or 425,592 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is digitally signed. AVK.exe is not a Windows core file. AVK.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to turn to the software developer, Gdata, for advice or uninstall the software G DATA INTERNET SECURITY or G Data InternetSecurity 2011 using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If AVK.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 192,000 bytes. The program has a visible window. There is no description of the program. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The AVK.exe file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AVK.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AVK.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Datein von AntiVirusKit 2005
  Rocky   (further information)
Ist für GDATA 2010 stdm. unter C:\Programme\G Data\InternetSecurity\AVK mit 341.064 Bytes Größe installiert. Hat vollst. GUI bei manuellem Start, ohne grafische Gimmicks.Wird ohne GUI vom System gestartet und beendet sich wieder, im Gegensatz zu AVKTray.exe als residentes Interface.

Summary: Average user rating of AVK.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think AVK.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving AVK issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AVK. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AVK.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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