What is bdss.exe?

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 bdss.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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Bdss.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with bdss
Bdss.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as bdss.exe belongs to software BitDefender Scan Server by SOFTWIN (

Description: Bdss.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file bdss.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (mainly C:\Program Files\Common Files\Softwin\BitDefender Scan Server\ or C:\Program Files\Common Files\BullGuard\BullGuard Scan Server\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 81,920 bytes (84% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes, 57,344 bytes or 61,440 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The bdss.exe file is not a Windows core file. Bdss.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with bdss.exe, you may also ask Customer Support to assist you, make sure that you have installed the latest version [1][2] or uninstall BitDefender Antivirus or BitDefender Free Edition software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as bdss.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the bdss.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

I bought BitDefender software
Claims on task manager to be using 18 percent of resources, but the computer was unresponsive. Ended task and everything went to normal.
Hogs up CPU for over 10 seconds at 100% for things that use to happen instantaneously. More problem than a virus
  Bill S  
A critical process required for BitDefender Antivirus to run, this process carries out realtime scanning of accessed files, so dont be alarmed if it chews up your CPU when you open files and programs. It is a harmless process, but it could cause your CPU to heat up due to it's excessive resource hunger.
  Asim Saleem  
sometimes stays at 40% to 55% of cpu for a few min.
  Paul Byrley  
Part of BitDefender. Awesome antivirus but can use up alot of cpu.
Part of BitDefender, have had problems when booting by it slowing down the CPU had to end task.
this file is 100% secure
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of bdss.exe: based on 55 votes with 9 reviews. 40 users think bdss.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users think bdss.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade bdss.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving bdss issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with bdss. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the bdss.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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