What is ipssvc.exe?

The genuine ipssvc.exe file is a software component of Away Manager by Lenovo Group.
Ipssvc.exe is an executable file associated with the Away Manager, a program that allows the user to designate resource limits for applications and offers a 'Whisper Mode' that enforces maintenance applications to adhere to the set limits in order to keep the system running smoothly and at optimum efficiency. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The Lenovo Group is a multinational Chinese computer technology company, headquartered in Beijing. It sells computer products, IT services, televisions, and most recently, smart phones. Lenovo is the world's largest personal computer vendor with regard to unit sales.

IPSSvc stands for IPS Core Service

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 ipssvc.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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Ipssvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ipssvc
Ipssvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as IPS Core Service belongs to software Away Manager or IPS Core Service or Maintenance Manager by Lenovo Group ( or Lenovo (

Description: Ipssvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Ipssvc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,728 bytes (93% of all occurrences), 108,080 bytes or 94,208 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The ipssvc.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ipssvc.exe. Therefore, you should check the ipssvc.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

I could have been loaded when I added the new ibm update program.......when I looked in properties it showed a strange user (string of numbers and letters) and as i was looking at it it disapeared
This appears to be a file used by Lenovo in their IBM computers 'enhancement' (spyware). I read recently that the US gov. was investigating the spyware they have included with the operating systems. Lenovo claims this is to allow them to provide better service to users, but it still sends user information and activity info to Lenovo. After battling issues for 1/2 a week on several Lenovo computers, I did a complete disk reformat and installed windows xp OEM. Downloading the drivers was a pain, though.
  Rick   (further information)
The IPS Core Service causes Symantec 10.1 to have Tamper Protection Alerts Continuously. Disabling that service stopped the Tamper errors. No idea the purpose of the service. I have an IBM Thinkpad X40. Saw this service on other X40 models, but no other models.
Part of the Away Manager at my Tinkpad
My TP seemed to stall once in a while. The process took a lot of CPU ressources while running. The process was easily killed and the file could be renamed to .ex_ without a problem.
vpn client pre-installed on Lenovo to connect to LanCom networks
Found it on a X41 as well. On my system I found that IPS Core Services caused Symantec 9.X to max out CPU usage.
  DiZzY D  
This is part of Lenovo's "Maintenance Manager" software. It can be disabled without harm to the system. To remove it completely, uninstall "Maintenance Manager," using Add/Remove Programs in XP or Programs and Features in Vista.
ibm piece o information for secure connections
I was tweaking my Internet settings on my ThinkPad T61, using Lenovo's Access Connections module. I went to "Edit Profile" and then "Additional Settings." I attempting to "Enable a VPN Connection." It asks for what program do you want to use. By process of elimination, I used C:\drivers\WIN\WLANINT\XP\x32\Drivers\dpinst32.exe. After that, my wireless corrupted. I looked at my Event Viewer and found the following error: IPS Core Service depends upon the following non-existent service PROCDD. I logged out and had to restart my computer twice, but was able to recover my wireless.
In my case, it was our VPN connection using it for remote connection, so cannot really disable it
Part of the Away Manager at my Thinkpad
FIX: Open Away manager, in the configuration tab, disable whisper mode off. My CPU usage dropped instantly and Symantec stopped writing to the log instantly. No more clogging the drive traffic and 200MB logs. Stopped my issues.
Absolutely harmless: Ipssvc.exe is part of the Lenovo IPS Core Service, Maintenance Manager software or LANCOM VPN Client Service and comes bundled with ThinkPad PCs. This process is used when users create private connections over a public network, commonly known as the VPN or Virtual Private Network.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ipssvc.exe: based on 14 votes with 14 user comments. 4 users think ipssvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks ipssvc.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade ipssvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ipssvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ipssvc. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ipssvc.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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