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What is crss.exe?

Crss.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if crss.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Crss.exe file information

The process known as BerliozSusanne Weeks Sus Alex McConnelStrombergRotarian appears to belong to software SuzannePatriciaDumaSchumannPiperAtwood Perilla Bunyan or Ambriom by Pandora Cheney DowCarbone Wilcox Seattle Kannada Benedikt Ovid Anabaptist Shelby Parkinson or Ambriom Studios.

Description: Crss.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file crss.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 45,058 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 73,216 bytes, 505,344 bytes or 204,288 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/crss.exe.html 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. Crss.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The crss.exe file is not a Windows core file. Crss.exe is able to hide itself, monitor applications, record inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 74% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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If crss.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 61% dangerous. The file size is 4,972,662 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 172,544 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Crss.exe is able to hide itself.

If crss.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 157,888 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 69,120 bytes or 118,784 bytes. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders). Crss.exe is not a Windows system file. The file is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program is not visible. Crss.exe is able to manipulate other programs and monitor applications.

If crss.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 57,344 bytes.

If crss.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 116,168 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "Controlled Resource System Service" definitely not required. Added by the AGOBOT.GH WORM!
  • "System Config Manager" definitely not required. Added by the AGOBOT.GH WORM!
  • "Win32 Network Driver" definitely not required. Added by a variant of the AGOBOT/GAOBOT WORM!
  • "Windows Registry Security" definitely not required. Added by a variant of the IRC.BOT TROJAN!

Important: Some malware also uses the file name crss.exe, for example Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec), and Generic.ServU.22FDD6D1 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the crss.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

you dont need it. i deleted ours but the only thing wrong with deleteing it is that every time i start up an error message pops up saying it is missing. i dont want it and nobody misses it. whatever the hell it is?!
  Jacki D  
it is trojan virus
  John Harri  
When process is ended via task manager PC CRASHES.
it's windows system process file
cant be deleted, also seems to shut down lan
  Ben D. arcrexing  
Worm!!!!!! The name is W32.AGOBOT.GH Worm
It really is a trojan. I don't get what people don't understand. There is a distinct difference between crss.exe and cSrss.exe. obviously, cSrss.exe is the important one that people are trying to delete and crss.exe is the one people overlook because they just think it's a spelling mistake. I am honestly looking for a solution because a regular windows system process wouldn't make it so my CPU usage is always 100%. I have tried MalwareBytes, which gets rid of it, but it just keeps coming back. Something I'm noticing when I go to the roaming folder is that it's in a WindowsDriver folder.
since BT infinity has been in use this file has come up in Task manager

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of crss.exe: based on 11 votes with 8 user comments.
One user thinks crss.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 3 users think crss.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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