What is LSSrvc.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 LSSrvc.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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LSSrvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with LSSrvc
LSSrvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as LightScribe Service or LightScribe (version,,,,,,,,,,,,,, ...) or LS_HSI or LightScribeService Direct Disc Labeling Service

belongs to software LightScribe or LightScribe System Software or or or LightScribeService Direct Disc Labeling Service or HP Backup and Recovery or NVIDIA ForceWare Network or Microsoft Office Project

by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: LSSrvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The LSSrvc.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (mainly C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 73,728 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 61,440 bytes and 13 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. There is no information about the author of the file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. LSSrvc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to use the software publisher’s support site, see if there is a newer version or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of LightScribe System Software (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify LSSrvc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as LSSrvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the LSSrvc.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 trojan, i dont use lightscribe
  Its a secret  
I installed the upgrade at the HP webpage for Lightscribe to burn labels on the surface of cd/dvd(s).
  Neil Gibson  
Lightscribe. Not a trojan or virus , 100% safe. (If you are using Nero , or Lightscribe)
Light Scribe :)
Installed with LG Super Multi CDRom drives WITH LIGHT SCRIBE. No problems as of yet, I delete it in task manager unless I need it.
Definately the L/S module for those who have L/S control panel... Anyways, how to use it i didn't figure out.
  You don't need to know.  
It's a Nero's addon for laser scribe on support cd or dvd
  Olliweb   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of LSSrvc.exe: based on 45 votes with 9 reviews. 20 users think LSSrvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 6 users think LSSrvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade LSSrvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving LSSrvc issues

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