What is arservice.exe?

The genuine arservice.exe file is a software component of Windows XP Media Center Edition by Microsoft.
Arservice.exe is a process involved in ensuring that the Media Center runs smoothly and is made ready to run when the user powers up the system. The Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) is a version of the Windows XP operating system that was designed to serve as a home-entertainment hub. The latest version was released on October 12, 2004. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen and quickly rose to prominence following the launch of their popular operating system, MS-DOS, for early personally computers. Microsoft began developing graphical user interface and the distinguishable Start-button on the introduction on Windows 95. Further additions like networking and security soon followed.

arService stands for Media Center Away Mode Service

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the arservice.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Arservice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with arservice
Arservice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ARSVC Application belongs to software ARSVC Application by Microsoft (

Description: Arservice.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The arservice.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 58,880 bytes (98% of all occurrences), 236,508 bytes or 79,360 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The arservice.exe file is not a Windows core file. The arservice.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as arservice.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows folder. Therefore, you should check the arservice.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This is a process which belongs to the Windows XP Media Center. This program is non-essential process to the running of the program, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
Involved in ensuring that all parts of your Media Center are properly started and made ready when you power up your PC or, more importantly, when your PC is awakened from hibernation or power saving mode.
Thanks Neezoodle. That explains why it is safe to delete from task manager after you have started your computer since it is only needed for startup or hibernation.
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It was what started an attack on my XP Media computer and reconfigured by ATT wireless card
  Douglas Stevenson  
It ate 90% of CPU - canceled with no ill effect - bought back 90%

Summary: Average user rating of arservice.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think arservice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving arservice issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with arservice. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the arservice.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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