The nvsvc32.exe process is a part of the NVIDIA driver helper service and is used by your computer to communicate with the nVidia video card.
The nvsvc32.exe file is a Microsoft signed file and by default the process loads automatically at system startup.
The default file location is %System%. Where, %System% is a variable that points to the Windows System folder, which by default for Windows 95/98/ME is C:\Windows\System, for Windows NT/2000 is C:\Winnt\System32 and for Windows XP and Vista is C:\Windows\System32.
Is it necessary to have nvsvc32.exe as one of my startup programs?
There are many programs that load automatically when your system starts. These start up programs consume a good amount of your system’s resources, and this is why it is important that you only have those programs start automatically which are essential.
The nvsvc32.exe process is known to consume excessive memory which can slow down the system shutdown process. To prevent this situation, you can safely remove this process from your startup sequence.
If you do not use the nVidia graphics card then you can safely disable this service. In this case, to prevent nvsvc32.exe from loading automatically at system startup, follow the steps listed below:
- Go to Start, Select Run and type services.msc and then press Enter.
- In the right pane of the Services management console window that opens, locate and double-click on nVidia service to open nVidia Service Properties box
- In the Start type drop down menu on the General tab, select Disable.
- If you want to stop the service immediately, click Stop in the Service Status section.
- Click Apply to save your changes and then click OK to exit the properties dialog box.
Is Nvsvc32.exe a virus or spyware?
Although nvsvc32.exe is a safe file, there are many malware programs that use similar names to existing Windows tasks. Therefore, it is important for you to know how to differentiate the true file from an unsolicited file.
Many malware programs are known to camouflage themselves as nvsvc32.ex. This is the reason why if you suspect that a false nvsvc32.exe file is running on your PC, then we recommend you check the location of the file.
Also, go through the current windows system tasks to see if you can locate any similar name files. Writers of malware programs, such as virus, spywre, and adware often name their files similar to existing windows processes to prevent users from identifying these harmful files. For example, a malicious program could be named similar to nvsvc32.exe, by using names such as nvvsvc32.exe, nvsvvc32.exe, and nvsvcc32.exe etc.
To view the current processes, press Ctrl + Alt + Del and then select Processes tab in Windows Task Manager. If you see any similar name processes running on your machine then check the location of the file.
We recommend you use reputed antivirus and antispyware tools to protect your system from viruses and other harmful programs. Also, these malware programs often add malicious entries or alter existing entries within the registry. This may result in frequent exe errors and a decline in your PC’s performance.
To prevent errors due to registry problems, we recommend that you regularly scan your registry using an advanced registry cleaning utility, such as RegServe. It is a powerful, yet simple to use registry cleaning tool that allows you to fix registry errors with just a few mouse clicks.