What is csrs.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 csrs.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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Csrs.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with csrs
Csrs.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Csrs appears to belong to software WinAutomation Job or Csrs by Microsoft ( or Created with WinAutomation (

Description: Csrs.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file csrs.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 131,072 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 56,687 bytes, 145,408 bytes, 103,424 bytes or 30,208 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The file is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Csrs.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 79% 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 csrs.exe, for example W32.Virut.W or Suspicious.IRCBot (detected by Symantec), and PE_VIRUT.AV or TROJ_SHEUR.CJZ (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the csrs.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

MY PROBLEM:After starting Dell laptop in normal mode and signing it, you would progess to the desktop where you could not see anything , NO ICONS, NO START BUTTON, NO TASK BAR. You could however do Control-Alt-Delete and get to most everything. If you started in safe mode, the icons, start button, & task bar was there. We tried everthing....restores, last known good config...etc.etc. Talked to 100 techs. Finally last night a DELL tech found CSRS.exe in my startup. Deleting CSRS.exe ended our 5 month problem.
  Laura D. Oliver  
Cant find it, cant stop it
  Jim Törnqvist  
This is definatly a Spyware program that was found by "Trend Micro" Antivirus\spyware remover
  Giorgi M  
is declared as AGOBOT worm !!
  Karl W   (further information)
maybe a virus relate with scrip
I had this virus and i just had to Crtl+Alt+Delete and remove it.
it's located at C:\Windows\System32\shema
It's make my computer goes crazy. Go to safe mode-- Task Manager-- Stratup and disable it. You can use MalwareBytes to scan and kill it!

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Summary: Average user rating of csrs.exe: based on 12 votes with 8 user comments. 2 users think csrs.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 9 users think csrs.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving csrs issues

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