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What is HelpSvc.exe?

HelpSvc.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if HelpSvc.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


HelpSvc.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Help Center Service belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: HelpSvc.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file HelpSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 743,936 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 703,488 bytes, 744,448 bytes, 696,832 bytes or 694,272 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/helpsvc.exe.html 
HelpSvc.exe is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. HelpSvc.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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If HelpSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 833,522 bytes. There is no description of the program. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process uses ports to connect to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows core file. HelpSvc.exe is able to hide itself.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HelpSvc.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HelpSvc.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.



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User Comments

May cause memory-block , stop the running proces
  Jimmy Be  
There is a microsoft fix if this process hangs your computer or stalls it for a few minutes.
  Leadfoot   (further information)
The file has been replaced by some new spy ware. Even though it is 720 KB, The size on disk is not right.. If you copy and replace it from another, non infected computer, it will work right again and not have the high CPU problem. Make sure you replace the one in windows\system32\dllcache too.
  www.6777777.com  
It crowds the system wich may lead erratic operation
  Big Kitten  
The size on disk is not right.. Even though it is 720 KB. If you copy and replace it from another, non, infected computer, it will work right.
   
I often find it eating up CPU space with Task Manager, suggest manually blocking it with a firewall such as Zone Alarm with a promt (?) for future use - works for me.
  Mike  
When it is visible in the taskmanager/process, it hog the cpu power, slow down my computer and stop my winamp(i love my winamp...sob)
  Maxi  
Posting #168733 on link below
  Terrence Haines   (further information)
I know it is a pain and insult for Microsoft to put this in their OS
  Broadley O'Crolic  
windows file, sometimes slows computer to a crawl. just end task it
  trotter  
This file is affected by malware and then opens at will, soaking up 99% of the cpu. Even after I put that file in a virus chest, it still opens on its own. A real pain in the butt.
  Nectarcup  
If you go into the Control Panel and open Security Center, then close it, the service will stop hogging CPU time.
  James  
1) Do not let Uniblue ads frighten you into purchasing their product. 2) Problems with this service were supposedly addressed in SP2 (so says MS). 3) Can cause an unacceptable boot time and, more frequently, cause Windows to hang when opening Help and Support 4) DO check file sizes (above) to help verify it is Microsofts product (it needs to be) 5) Generally happens with XP Pro 6) Go to services and re-enable any services that depend on it and vice versa 7) Finally do NOT disable it; set it to MANUAL start up. It is necessary for Help and
   
its more of a hard drive hog than a cpu one
  petpan  
Hogs the cpu... had to kill it
  Peer  
HelpSVC.exe is located in folder C:\WINDOWS\PCHealth\HelpCtr\Binaries, its a system process, but when systems starts it rises the CPU & consume lots of memory which i think do not get free after we close that prosses with task manager. it has to be manully stoped ,as soon as system starts ,with the help of task manager.
  Digizone Thakur  
To SHUT THIS OFF and put on Manual, Go to link below: Scroll down to "set Help and Support to manual or disable." and follow steps. It can be set back to automatic at any time.
  HenryG___Aiken.SC.edu   (further information)
It is used to HELP you clean up your desktop if you have too many unused desktop icons. It's nothing to worry about, just close it and get on with your life.
  Ross  
its connecting to internet
  a123  
XP Home, Size : 744.448 Bytes
   
helpsvc.exe is just a process that is used with help and support function in windows turning it off or blocking it disables help and support and nothing else
  windows debugger  
Since I have an old machine with only 256MB RAM and 750MHz, you can imagine that I open up the taskmanager quite often to check which process(es) is(are) heavy on CPU&memory. It may be mere coincidence, but I've noticed helpsvc.exe taking up 80+% for a minute only after I installed skype. I consider it a security risk,, since it can connect to networks , but rather than downloading strange tools, I'll try to blacklist it in the firewall and search help&support online manually if the onbord helpfiles don't suffice
  QualifiedIgnorant  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HelpSvc.exe: based on 22 votes with 22 user comments.
2 users think HelpSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 5 users think HelpSvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade HelpSvc.exe ("not sure about it").


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