What is CrashPlanService.exe?

The genuine CrashPlanService.exe file is a software component of CrashPlan by Code42.
CrashPlan is a utility program that creates duplicate copies of data in order to prevent data loss. CrashPlanService.exe is the core process responsible for the running of CrashPlan. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. CrashPlan is an online backup solution for the Windows platform. The program is based on the freemium model as it offers unlimited backups to local drives for free but requires a subscription to backup data to the cloud. The program features the ability to backup data from a specified folder, directory or drive, or make system-wide backups, either in real-time or according to a custom schedule. Code42 is an American company that develops and markets software solutions in backup utilities and services. The company was started as an IT consultancy, founded by Matthew Dornquast, Brian Bispala, and Mitch Coopet. Code42 is well known for its flagship program, CrashPlan, a backup solution that was first released in 2007. Code42 is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

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 CrashPlanService.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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CrashPlanService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CrashPlanService
CrashPlanService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as CrashPlan backup engine which backs up your files or CrashPlan PRO backup engine which backs up your files belongs to software CrashPlan or CrashPlan PRO by Code 42 Software or CrashPlan.

Description: CrashPlanService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The CrashPlanService.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 152,576 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 153,088 bytes and 4 more variants. 
You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with CrashPlanService.exe, you can use the software publisher’s support [1][2], find out if there is a newer version [1][2] available or uninstall CrashPlan or CrashPlan PRO software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If CrashPlanService.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 266,112 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 269,592 bytes. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The program has no visible window. CrashPlanService.exe is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with CrashPlanService.exe, you can use the software publisher’s support, find out if there is a newer version available or uninstall CrashPlan software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

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Summary: Average user rating of CrashPlanService.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks CrashPlanService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving CrashPlanService issues

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