What is ccs.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 ccs.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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Ccs.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ccs
Ccs.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CCS belongs to software Cisco Configuration Service (CCS) or Cisco Configuration Service by Cisco Systems (

Description: Ccs.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ccs.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 20,480 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 36,864 bytes and 6 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The ccs.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Ccs.exe is not a Windows system file. Ccs.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as ccs.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ccs.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

it seems to be from cisco wireless PCMCIA
Cisco Configuration Service for WLAN card
The part of Cisco Aironet Desktop Utility (control panel for Cisco Aironet Wi-Fi cards driver)
  Alexey Lukashin   (further information)
c:\windows\ccs.exe is indeed part of the software support for the Cisco CB21AG/PI21AG wireless card.
  aaron   (further information)
showed up after installing my cisco wlan card
Cicsco Wireless PCMCIA
CISCO wlan config service
Cisco Configuration Service (CCS)
  Emma Roids  
cisco wireless software
it sometimes tends to eat up all cpu, tried removing it but the wlan still seems to be working fine (even though it is all cisco)
  Markus Forsberg  
File used with Cisco Aironet Site Survey Utility
Seems to be from a Real Arcade game called Combo Chaos.
  Nayelianne   (further information)
Cisco Aironet Desktop Utility. Not dangerous at all!
  A White  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ccs.exe: based on 11 votes with 13 user comments. 6 users think ccs.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade ccs.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ccs issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ccs. 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 ccs.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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