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Process name: Norton AntiVirus Definition Watcher

Product: Norton AntiVirus

Company: Symantec Corporation

File: defwatch.exe

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"defwatch.exe" is part of Norton AntiVirus from Symantec Corporation. It detects out-of-date virus definitions for Norton Anti-Virus software and warns you about them. Required only if you don't update your virus definitions manually on a regular basis. http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/defwatch.exe.html 

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Average user rating of defwatch.exe: based on 55 votes. Read also the 21 reviews.

366 users ask for this file. 42 users rated it as not dangerous. 4 users rated it as not so dangerous. One user rated it as neutral. 8 users rated it as dangerous. One user didn't rate it ("don't know").


All comments about defwatch.exe:
Part of Symantec/Norton Antivirus - Virus definition scout  
defwatch.exe is part of Norton Antivirus Corporarte Edition. It monitors the virus definition files and will initiate a process to update these if necessary.   Billy X
Norton Anti-Virus Corporate Edition Definition Updater   www.PC-Component.com
It is the prog that tells you "Your definitions are out pf date. Please Run Liveupdate."  
It also totally ignores the exclusions you set in SAV and removes those programs you thought you had excluded from deletion such as RAdmin  
Part of Anti-virus software   Justin
This is the Software Firewall (NeoWatch) originally created by NeoWorx. NeoWorx was purchased by McAfee in 2002 (for $10mil). NeoWatch a great SW firewall, easy to use and works on Win95-XP and below. If you can find a copy, I recommend using it.   Stu Pidaso
do a live update with ur anti virus def. ppl lol  
This is the file which alerts about auto updates   magesh babu
Norton's File   Sesshy
It is used for Symantec Corporate Edition  
The file that checks your definitions, and tells them when they're out of date   Skavold
Well it may be a norton process but I DON'T have norton installed! I use avg AV, is it normal to have a norton process? or could it be a virus?  
it is not malicious   daniel
component of Norton CE - 280K reported in task manager   bozo
This is a safe Norton Symantic file that watches for new virus, worm, trogen definitions and initiates a process to download them if the system operator has not run a Live Update for virus definitions for a set period of time. Set Norton to automatically update definitions at an obsure hour every day and this file will no longer need to run on startup.   TheWord
It's a virus. Chews away at your registry files   Adam
Norton / symantec virus definition updater.  
This helps deaf users.   Keith Mghee
It is a file from norton av and not to worry abt it, while takes quite cpu resources during startup. Better to check if it is a malware.   Parvesh Paliwal
Used in Symantec Anti Virus Corp Editions  

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