What is cronsvc.exe?

The genuine cronsvc.exe file is a software component of Prey by Fork.
Cronsvc.exe is an executable file that is part of Prey, a freemium web service for tracking and monitoring the physical location of laptops, smartphones and other electronic devices. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Prey is a software program developed for the Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android and iOS platforms. The program connects to a host computer, signaling the device where Prey is installed to reply with information about its present physical location. The host can also trigger various actions such as securing data, grabbing screenshots, capturing images through the webcam, scanning hardware for changes, locking the screen, messaging remotely, and triggering a sonic alarm. Prey is developed and distributed by Fork, a privately held software company with offices in the United States. It was founded in 2009 by Tomás Pollak and Carlos Yaconi.

CronSvc stands for Cron Service for Prey

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 cronsvc.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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Cronsvc.exe file information

The process known as PreyService belongs to software PreyService by Fork (

Description: Cronsvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The cronsvc.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 23,552 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 19,968 bytes, 18,432 bytes or 16,384 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Cronsvc.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous.

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


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Best practices for resolving cronsvc issues

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