ns.exe is a program which is most likely NOT a virus or malware. So, if ns.exe is on your computer, it is most likely ok, and will NOT be a cause for concern. Even if your system is virus-free, we still advise you to use a well-known antivirus with a good detection rate, in order to yourself your system against viruses and malware.
Normally, this application is stored in C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Security\Engine\220.127.116.11\ns.exe.
The MD5 fingerprint for this executable is 50963155a6378dd3b518f74ba07f07fa.
This application is registered as a Windows service. This means it operates on your system in background, usually without showing anything to you. Most Windows services are useful programs, which perform useful features to other programs or to Windows in general.
This application uses the Internet to communicate. Today this is quite normal. For example, most of the apps on your PC check for updates. For this, Internet communications are necessary.
This executable runs in 32-bit mode. It does not benefit of the full power of modern PC chips. This is quite normal because the makers did not bother to upgrade it to 64-bit code.
The description extracted from the program is Norton Security.
File version 18.104.22.168.
Company name Symantec Corporation.
Intellectual property rights notice Copyright (c) 2016 Symantec Corporation. All rights reserved..
ns.exe appears to have a visible user interface. This is good because it doesn't operate in a kind of stealth mode. Its activity is clearly displayed to the user.
ns.exe has a digital signature. Today the large majority of virus-free programs are digitally signed.
The digital signature extracted from ns.exe verifies as ok. This is most likely a clean, ok program.
Digital certificate name: Symantec Corporation
Certificate's issuer name: VeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2010 CA
It has an uninstall routine, which is a good sign. si are uninstall.