Except for the similarity in name structure, the ccsvchst.exe has nothing to do with svchost.exe. The fact is that this file may not be present in all computers because it comes bundled with the Norton software. If you have installed any version of Norton products – either the antivirus or the internet security package, you will find that this file in the Task Manager.
It is referred to as the Symantec Service Framework and is in charge of displaying the user interface of Norton products. Irrespective of the version of Norton product you use, this file will always be a part of the bundle because it serves as an interfacing tool between the backend and the user.
The user interacts with the ccsvchst.exe to issue commands to the software. With each newer version, the version of the Framework file also changes. As you would have probably guessed now, this process is neither a system process nor the traces of a malware application.
There is always a question as to how these processes appear in your startup. When you install an application, it has the ability to change something that is known as the computer registry. It can add files to the registry and create its own startup application that runs whenever you boot the computer. The ccsvchst.exe is one such application and is Norton’s startup file.
While there are multiple processes that could be potentially dangerous and memory-consuming, the ccsvchst.exe is just not one of them. It has been given a rating of that of a safe file; if you check upon the memory it consumes while running in the background, you will find that it is not much.
However, you can choose to stop or remove this application from the computer boot through the msconfig.exe window. Since this is not a system process, it will not affect the normal functioning of your computer in any way except that Norton will have to load this file again if you want to perform a system scan. You can also choose to permanently remove ccsvchst.exe from your computer but it means uninstalling Norton.
If this file gives you an error, it could mean that Norton’s system interface is suffering from internal issues. It might disable the user interface till you restart the computer. Sometimes, it may even require you to uninstall and reinstall the Norton package.