What is AppVShNotify & Why Should We Disable it?

There are several files and programs which are legit components of Microsoft but may be worthless or obsolete for some users. AppVShNotifyis a similar file. It uses a .exe extension, which means it’s an executable file. These files may be unsafe since they are typically integral to the computer’s proper functioning.

Nearly every user reported having immediately seen the process in their Task Manager Processes tab. This came as a surprise to them, but as we will explain later, you do not need to worry about the problem as the process will have originated from a system folder.

What is AppVShNotify?


AppVshNotify file is a part of Microsoft Virtualization Application (App-V) only used by Microsoft clients. The Visualization Application method is used to make the app accessible by the entire world or by just the actual user.  

It stays in “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Application. 

Virtualization\Client\AppVShNotify.exe”. The App-V client then issued alerts expected from the Windows Shell while undertaking certain steps, such as the creation of new desktop shortcuts. It operates in the background from the very beginning of the session until the user logs out of the application. It is unique in its functionality and one of Microsoft’s most important factors that helped the company become the world’s largest software company by revenue in 2016.  

Is AppVShNotify A Virus?

AppVShNotify can often be disguised as system malware. AppVShNotify is most probably malware when it is present in a folder other than that described above. In this case, users can see messages such as:

  • Bad Image
  • Application Error
  • AppVShNotify could not be installed
  • Failed to initialize properly

These messages suggest that AppVShNotify cannot start until the process is over. To resolve the error, you must know the location of this file. It’s potentially malware, and you should uninstall it if it isn’t in your computer program files.

Should AppVShNotify be disabled?

AppVShNotify doesn’t have to be deactivated because it won’t affect the computer. It is just 8% damaging to your computer when detected in its source. However, surveys indicate that only 10% of people erased the file from the computer. If you want, you can disable it.

How to check if the File is Legit?

Let’s explore how you can verify if the service is legit or simply another malware. Firstly, you should check if the application is signed by a valid source digitally. Digital signatures check that the application is a verified developer and does not show malware on most occasions.

The publisher of the app is anonymous, as you can see. Also, it does not have a valid name for a program. Most authenticated applications do not provide a file name as the program name they seek access to. Instead, along with the publisher, the full program name is specified. Here is an example of the same process, which is legit and doesn’t contain any malware.

Method 1: Uninstalling Using Application Manager

Before you start, make sure that you are signed in on your computer as an administrator. It should be remembered that you won’t be able to do this if you still have the virtualization service in the future. The virtualization software seems to rely on this process, so it is considered to be a part of it. You can continue to disable the virtualization software as mentioned below if the process is troubling for you.

  1. To run the application first, you need to press the command “Windows + R.” After this, type “appwiz.cpl” and press Enter. 
  2. Find Microsoft Virtualization in the list. Go to the option; right click on it and select “Uninstall.”
  3. Now, restart your machine and see if the application which was causing the error is erased. 

We should make sure that no remains are left in your computer or the service before we finish the uninstallation process. Follow the steps below to ensure that the service is eradicated:

  1. Again type the command “Windows + R,” and after that, type “regedit” in the dialogue box appears. Now, press Enter. 
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and see if you can still see any entry for Appshnotify or Microsoft Virtualization. 

Method 2: Doing a Malware Scan

You can erase unauthorized software from your computer in several different ways. Tons of good antivirus software are available. You can download any software from Malwarebytes to Hitman Pro etc. Here we are using Microsoft Security Scanner to check for discrepancies on your computer and check if there is indeed any problem.

Microsoft Safety Scanner is a tool to scan malware in your computer and delete it. Note that this software is not your standard antivirus replacement. It just functions when triggered but has the latest definitions upgraded. Also, we suggest using this software by downloading the latest version as virus definitions are updated frequently.

  1. Open Microsoft official website and install the safety scanner. There are different versions available. Make sure you are downloading the right one. 
  2. Install the file but keep this in mind that the size of the .exe file is around 120MB, so download it in an accessible location. Once downloaded, click and install. 
  3. Let the scanner do the scanning. If there are any threats available, you will be immediately notified. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I terminate the AppVShNotify process?

To stop the appvshnotify.exe process from running, uninstall the software associated with the file or eliminate it with a Malware and Virus removal tool if it’s a virus or malware.

AppVShNotify, is it malware or a virus?

According to the information we have, the AppVShNotify could be a virus or malware, as even a decent program can be contaminated with viruses or malware in order to disguise itself. So, to test it, follow our guide above.

What exactly does AppVShNotify do?

The Microsoft Application Virtualization service virtualizes software, allowing apps to run within virtual environments. App-V uses its AppVShNotify.exe file to combine virtual apps to make them available to end consumers.

Is AppVShNotify creating a large amount of disk usage?

You may access this by launching the Task Manager application (right-click on the Windows Taskbar and select Task Manager) and tapping the Disk button at the top to sort and identify AppVShNotify’s disk use.

Is AppVShNotify consuming a lot of CPU?

Open the Task Manager application to see if AppVShNotify is using the entire CPU. Locate the AppVShNotify.exe process, then examine its CPU utilization percentage.

Is AppVShNotify consuming a lot of network bandwidth?

If the AppVShNotify process has a high data usage, launch the Task Manager windows app, locate the AppVShNotify.exe process, and inspect the Network Usage column %.

How can I verify AppVShNotify’s GPU usage?

Launch the Task Manager window and search for the AppVShNotify process within the name column, then check the GPU use column to see if it is producing excessive GPU utilization.

And, here we are done. Do let us know your feedback in the comment section below. 

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Raheel is a passionate tech blogger writing in the tech industry for the last 8 years; He is working as a senior technical writer at Reviewsed.