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 cssrs.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.
The process known as System restore or Services and Controller app belongs to software UnbeKannt or Microsoft® Windows (version 2000 Operating System) or mains by VolkS or Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or 360.
Description: Cssrs.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Cssrs.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 176,128 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 557,056 bytes, 208,896 bytes or 391,680 bytes.
The cssrs.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. Cssrs.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, Run). The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Cssrs.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If cssrs.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 68% dangerous. The file size is 174,592 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 210,432 bytes, 142,848 bytes, 70,144 bytes or 231,936 bytes. There is no description of the program. The cssrs.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, Run). Cssrs.exe is able to monitor applications.
If cssrs.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 61% dangerous. The file size is 131,072 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 221,184 bytes, 167,936 bytes or 399,872 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. Cssrs.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
If cssrs.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 32,768 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 36,880 bytes, 15,362 bytes or 1,052,672 bytes.
If cssrs.exe is located in the "C:\Program Files\Common Files" folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 27,648 bytes.
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Important: Some malware also uses the file name cssrs.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Provis!rts or Trojan:Win32/Startpage.gen!A (detected by Microsoft), and not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.KeyLogger.qa or Backdoor.Win32.VBbot.cn (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the cssrs.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cssrs. 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 cssrs.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.