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26% remove it74% keep it
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VersionDistribution 11.11% 22.22% 44.44% 11.11% 11.11%

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CA Anti-Virus

What is CA Anti-Virus?  (from CA)

CA AntiVirus offers comprehensive professional-grade security to home and home office PC users. This easy-to-use security solution features one of the world's fastest scanning engines and protects against viruses, worms, spyware, and other online threats. Designed specifically for home and home office environments, CA ...  Read more


CA Anti-Virus is a program developed by CA. The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. When installed, it will add a context menu handler to the Windows shell in order to provide quick access to the program. The main program executable is caav.exe. The software installer includes 21 files and is usually about 873.29 MB (915,712,002 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows Vista (SP2). While about 60% of users of CA Anti-Virus come from the United States, it is also popular in AL and Australia.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.my-etrust.com/Redirect/router.aspx?OEM=&prod=SL&app=inclient&lang=en&date=1340980987&link_id=1&dest=homepage&lic=MGETS-YK4WZ-SLKXS-4WIY4&ver=
Help link: www.my-etrust.com/Redirect/router.aspx?OEM=&prod=SL&app=inclient&lang=en&date=1340980987&link_id=1&dest=main_support&lic=MGETS-YK4WZ-SLKXS-4WIY4&ver=
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Virus
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\caunst.exe" /u /product=av
Estimated size: 873.29 MB

Program filesFiles installed by CA Anti-Virus

Program executable:caav.exe
Name:CA Anti-Virus
Path:C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Virus\caav.exe
Additional files:
  • avshlext.dll - CA Anti-Virus (CA Anti-Virus Shell Extension Handler)
  • caavcmdscan.exe - CA Anti-Virus Command Line Scanner
  • caavguiscan.exe - CA Anti-Virus GUI Scanner
  • caavimages.dll - CA Anti-Virus Image Resources
  • caavproduct.dll - CA Anti-Virus Product Resources
  • caavresource.dll - CA Anti-Virus Common Resources
  • caavscan.dll - CA Anti-Virus Scan Engine Interface
  • cavrep.exe - CA Anti-Virus System Report
  • cavrid.exe - CA Anti-Virus Realtime Infection Report
  • driverif.dll - CA Anti-Virus Realtime Driver Interface
  • vetmsg.exe - CA Anti-Virus Realtime Messaging Service
  • vetntmsg.dll
  • ISafeEngine.dll - InoculateIT (InoculateIT Anti-Virus Protection)
  • arclib.dll - VET Arclib
  • isafe.exe (by Computer Associates International) - Computer Associates Antivirus (CA ISafe Service)
  • isafinst.exe (by Computer Associates International) - CA ISafe Installer
  • isafserv.dll - CA ISafe Server DLL
  • unvet32.exe - UnVet32 (CAI Anti-Virus Uninstall)

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Context Menu Handler
  • avshlext.dll added to Windows Explorer under the name 'CA_AntiVirus' with a class of {1CE2AA40-1317-11D3-9922-00104B0AD431}.
2 Services
  • vetmsg.exe runs as a service named 'VET Message Service' (VETMSGNT).
  • isafe.exe runs as a service named 'CAISafe' (CAISafe).
2 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • cavrid.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CAVRID' which loads as "C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Virus\CAVRID.exe".
  • vetmsg.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VetStart' which loads as "C:\Program Files\CA\CA Internet Security Suite\CA Anti-Virus\vetmsg.exe" -r.

How do I remove CA Anti-Virus?

Quickly and completely remove CA Anti-Virus from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall CA Anti-Virus from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program CA Anti-Virus, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove CA Anti-Virus.

Win XP 56%
Win 7 (SP1) 11%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 26%
Keep it 74%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows XP 55.56%
Windows Vista 33.33%
Windows 7 11.11%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 55.56%
Windows 7 Ultimate 11.11%
Windows Vista Home Basic 11.11%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 11.11%
Windows Vista Ultimate 11.11%

Distribution by countryGeography

60.00% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 60.00%
  AL 6.67%
  Australia 6.67%
  BH 6.67%
  Egypt 6.67%
  India 6.67%
  Pakistan 6.67%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 37.50%
Compaq 12.50%
Sony 12.50%
Intel 12.50%
Hewlett-Packard 12.50%
Common models
Sony VGN-CS22GH_B 16.67%
HP Pavilion dv9700 Notebo... 16.67%
Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT 16.67%
Dell XPS M1530 16.67%
Dell ME051 16.67%

Publisher URL: www.ca.com


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