What is livesrv.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 livesrv.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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Livesrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with livesrv
Livesrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as BitDefender Update Service or BitDefender Security Service or The Shield Deluxe (version 2009 Update Service)

belongs to software BitDefender (version 11, 10, 2009, 2010) or BitDefender Desktop Update Service or BitDefender Total Security (version 2009, 2008) or The Shield Deluxe (version 2009) or BitDefender Antivirus (version 2008)

by BitDefender SRL ( or SOFTWIN S.R.L ( or PCSecurityShield (

Description: Livesrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The livesrv.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,130,496 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 1,155,072 bytes and 13 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The livesrv.exe file is not a Windows system file. Livesrv.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with livesrv.exe, you might want to uninstall the software The Shield Deluxe 2009 or BitDefender Total Security 2008 using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program) or look for help on the website.

Recommended: Identify livesrv.exe related errors

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

BitDefender Antivirus/Firewall
Die Datei gehört zur Bitdefender Security Software, ein abschalten hätte eine eingeschränkte Sicherheit zur Folge
BitDefender Security Update Service. Must be enabled even if you choose to update BitDefender manually.
Bitdefender internet security file: antivirus or firewall
  toerist   (further information)
wird falsch eingeschätzt.... warum kann diese datei tastenanschläge mitloggen?!
bitdefender total security (firewall)
If doe'snt use much CPu is not a virus
It is a system process, and as far as i know, BitDefender is not installed on the computer

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of livesrv.exe: based on 9 votes with 9 user comments. 7 users think livesrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade livesrv.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving livesrv issues

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