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What’s hvciscan_amd64.exe (HVCI Compatibility Scan)? Is it safe or a virus?

hvciscan_amd64.exe is a process written by Microsoft itself for its own OS.

Microsoft writes that the memory integrity system readiness scan tool, encompassing hvciscan_amd64.exe and hvciscan_arm64.exe, serves the purpose of assessing system compatibility with memory integrity.

This feature, a cornerstone of virtualization-based security (VBS) technology, is accessible in Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server 2016 or newer versions. Memory integrity, alongside VBS, enhances the security framework of Windows, offering robust defenses against malware attempts to exploit the Windows kernel. By leveraging the Windows hypervisor, VBS establishes a secure, isolated virtual space that acts as the foundational trust layer for the operating system, even under the assumption that the kernel might be compromised. At the heart of this protective mechanism, memory integrity plays a pivotal role by ensuring kernel mode code integrity within this secluded VBS environment. It tightens security by controlling kernel memory allocations potentially exploitable to undermine the system, guaranteeing that kernel memory pages only gain execution rights following thorough integrity checks within this protected runtime environment, and maintaining that executable pages are never writable.

The tool alerts users about any existing compatibility concerns with the device, aiming to preemptively identify issues.

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Who makes hvciscan_amd64.exe (HVCI Compatibility Scan)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of hvciscan_amd64.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

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The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: March 8, 2024

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