What is overseer.exe?

overseer.exe is part of Avast OverSeer and developed by AVAST Software according to the overseer.exe version information.

overseer.exe's description is "Avast Overseer"

overseer.exe is digitally signed by AVAST Software s.r.o..

overseer.exe is usually located in the 'C:\Program Files\Common Files\avast software\overseer\' folder.

None of the anti-virus scanners at VirusTotal reports anything malicious about overseer.exe.

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Vendor and version information [?]

The following is the available information on overseer.exe:

Product nameAvast OverSeer
Company nameAVAST Software
File descriptionAvast Overseer
Internal nameoverseer
Original filenameoverseer.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright (c) 2014 AVAST Software
Product version1.0.250.0
File version1.0.250.0

Here's a screenshot of the file properties when displayed by Windows Explorer:

Product nameAvast OverSeer
Company nameAVAST Software
File descriptionAvast Overseer
Internal nameoverseer
Original filenameoverseer.exe
Legal copyrightCopyright (c) 2014 AVAST Software
Product version1.0.250.0
File version1.0.250.0

Digital signatures [?]

overseer.exe has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameAVAST Software s.r.o.
Certificate issuer nameDigiCert High Assurance Code Signing CA-1
Certificate serial number07c70f7cab145bc1ed385fbe69fa3130

VirusTotal report

None of the 66 anti-virus programs at VirusTotal detected the overseer.exe file.

None of the 66 anti-virus programs detected the overseer.exe file.

Hashes [?]


Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to overseer.exe:

overseer.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

overseer.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

Avast Overseer has stopped working.

End Program - overseer.exe. This program is not responding.

overseer.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

overseer.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

What will you do with overseer.exe?

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What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what users chose to do with overseer.exe. 95% have voted for removal. Based on votes from 185 users.

User vote results: There were 175 votes to remove and 10 votes to keep

NOTE: Please do not use this poll as the only source of input to determine what you will do with overseer.exe.

Malware or legitimate?

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Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

Jess writes

0 thumbs

While I think this is benign, what I really want to know is if it is necessary or if it can be disabled. And I'm not finding answers anywhere, not even at Avast.

# 31 Mar 2018, 16:21

Jess writes

2 thumbs

To follow up on my previous post, for those interested, an Avast expert posted on their forums:

"..[T]his is not an emergency updater - this is a "watchdog" which checks (from time to time) if the Avast Antivirus protection runs as expected. Only when it finds out that the protection is down and not working correctly, it attempts to fix it somehow."

So I'm not certain that it's entirely necessary, but it's a safeguard/self protection module.

# 31 Mar 2018, 16:25

Roger Karlsson writes

0 thumbs

Jess, thank you for sharing!

# 10 Apr 2018, 2:22

Mike writes

3 thumbs

CCleaner is sneaking Avast anti-virus in on the version update download. Even after uninstalling Avast it leaves behind this overseer.exe. I went to program files, then opened commom files and deleted the Avast folder which also deleted the overseer.exe file. Problem solved.

# 25 May 2018, 7:51

JERRY writes

0 thumbs

Mike's solution is the best! Thanks Mike.

# 13 Aug 2018, 12:51

ted writes

0 thumbs

I deleted overseer from the common files on my pc, abut it still keeps coming back, it shows on tools on jet clean uninstaller I keep deleating and checking c drive files, nothing showing ,next day its back

# 2 Feb 2019, 8:25

Roger Karlsson writes

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@ted: Have you tried Avast Uninstall Utility? I have not tried it myself, but it's possible that it will permanently remove overseer.exe.


# 2 Feb 2019, 18:47

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