What is fsui.exe?

The genuine fsui.exe file is a software component of Windows Family Safety by Microsoft.
The user interface for Windows Family Safety, this application allows a parent to set restrictions on user accounts for their children. The Family Safety software can apply to given user accounts, or run on every account with assigned hotkeys and password to disable. While previously released with Windows Live Essentials, as of Windows 8 and later, Family Safety is built into Windows. Founded in 1975 in New Mexico, Microsoft is now one of the largest software corporations in the world. Currently headquartered in Washington, the flagship Windows operation system is the most utilized OS in the world.

FSUI stands for Family Safety User Interface

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 fsui.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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Fsui.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fsui
Fsui.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Family Safety Client or Windows Live Family Safety Filter belongs to software Windows Live Essentials or Windows Live Family Safety or Family Safety Client by Microsoft (

Description: Fsui.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file fsui.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 454,000 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 647,520 bytes or 453,984 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Fsui.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with fsui.exe occur, you can also completely remove Windows Live Essentials or Windows Live Family Safety (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

fsui.exe is part of Microsoft's Windows Live Family Safety. Family Safety is a parental controls application that you can use to monitor Windows Live program and Internet Explorer activity.
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Summary: Average user rating of fsui.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving fsui issues

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