What is crss.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 crss.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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Crss.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with crss
Crss.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Crss.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file crss.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 45,058 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 505,344 bytes, 204,288 bytes or 73,216 bytes. 
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 keyboard and mouse inputs and connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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There are different files with the same name:

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
Build-in system... 100% clean...

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Summary: Average user rating of crss.exe: based on 12 votes with 9 user comments. 2 users think 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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Best practices for resolving crss issues

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