What is fxssvc.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 fxssvc.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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Fxssvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fxssvc
Fxssvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Fax Service belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Fxssvc.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The fxssvc.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 267,776 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 268,800 bytes, 268,288 bytes or 282,112 bytes. 
The file is a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Fxssvc.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as fxssvc.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the fxssvc.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

Its the XP Fax moniter, that checks on the incoming (modem) call
install fax on pc
It is harmless but uses resources. It can be removed by going to add/remove programs then add/remove windows components the second one on the list is Fax Services
  Doug Bohnenblust  

Summary: Average user rating of fxssvc.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks fxssvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving fxssvc issues

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