How to Fix Ccsvchst.exe Problems

What is ccSvcHst.exe?

Ccsvchst.exe is the executable file that belongs to Symantec Service Framework from Symantec Corporation and is added to your system when you install Norton products such as Symantec Security Technologies and Symantec Event Manager. The file originally resides in a subfolder within the C:\Program Files\Common Files folder.

ccSvcHst.exe Problems

  • ccSvcHst.exe – Application error If you search the Internet, you will see that one of the most common ccSvcHst.exe-related errors is the application error. The error is given below.

    ccSvcHst.exe - Application error

    The instruction at "0x059a2df" referenced memory at 0x059a2df" the memory could not be written. Click OK to terminate the Program.

    The error usually occurs at system startup and shutdown. A bug in certain versions of Norton products, such as Norton 2007, is said to be the main cause of the ccSvcHst error.

  • Ccsvchst.exe CPU usageAt times, people notice high CPU usage by the file while they are working on their computer. In fact, ccsvchst.exe is notorious for its high CPU usage problems.

    Note: To check CPU usage on your Windows XP computer, press Ctrl + Alt +Del and then on the Process tab of Task Manager, locate the process and view its value in CPU column.


The most common cause of this problem is an outdated file or application. Additionally, you may suffer from this problem if there are some configuration problems with your Norton antivirus or your computer is infected with some type of malware.

How to fix ccSvcHst error

There are many methods to fix ccSvcHst.exe – Application error and high CPU usage issues. Some of these are listed below. Perform them in the order given and then test your PC. If the problem persists, proceed to the next step.

  • Temporarily fix the issue by ending the process from Task Manager. However, at times, your computer may just freeze. In this case, you may have to restart your PC.
  • Fix this issue permanently by running the Norton Live Update utility. When you run the update, the latest patches for your Norton product will be installed and this will resolve the ccSvcHst bug.
  • Check your Norton antivirus settings to see if it is configured to scan floppy disk in A: for boot viruses when shutting down. If it is, disable this setting. You can also modify the settings to check only some critical parts of your computer for infections on a daily basis and configure thorough scans for weekends when you are less likely to work on your computer.
  • If your Norton product is already updated, then first uninstall it by using the “Add or Remove Programs” tool included in Windows.

To do this, first open the Start menu and then select Control Panel. Here, select the Performance and Maintenance link and then select Add or Remove Programs. Next, from the Currently installed programs list, select your Norton product and select Remove. Repeat the process for all Norton products listed here, and then restart your PC.

Next, open the Norton removal tool website. Here, select the link for your Norton product. This will open a page that will give you specific steps to remove your Norton product. Follow these steps, to download the removal tool and run it to get rid of the problematic Norton installation on your PC.

  • If you receive ccSvcHst.exe errors even when not a single Norton product is installed on your PC, then most likely your PC is infected by spyware or a backdoor.

These malicious programs copy files and executable that have names similar to or the same as various legitimate processes that may be running on your Windows system. These malicious programs once active on your PC, considerably affect the performance of your PC and slow it down drastically. And what’s more, they try to collect your personal information, such as credit cards, bank accounts, and username/passwords, and send them to an external source for malicious purposes.

To sum up, in order to fix ccSvcHst.exe errors, you should perform a Live Update of your Norton product. If this does not fix the error, uninstall the product from the Add or Remove Programs feature and then use the Norton Removal tool to remove any left-over files. You may also run antispyware and registry scans to ensure that your system is thoroughly checked and free from any left-over files and malicious information. After you have done this, you may reinstall your Norton product.

Application errors on Windows computers are quite common. Some of the other exe files that generate these errors are: Spoolsv.exe, Svchost.Exe, and Agrsmmsg.exe. Most of the time, the causes are outdated application files or virus infections. This is why to prevent these problems from recurring, it is best to keep your Windows operating system and applications installed on it updated. You must also schedule regular antivirus scans to keep your PC free from infection. However, as virus scans tend to slow down the PC, it is best to schedule them at times when you are not working on your computer.