What is rpcss.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 rpcss.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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Rpcss.exe file information

At the present time, we have no confirmed details about the software with which rpcss.exe is associated.

Description: Rpcss.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The rpcss.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 8,708 bytes. 
The rpcss.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The rpcss.exe file is not a Windows system file. Rpcss.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 81% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If rpcss.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 58,368 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows core file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Rpcss.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

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

Windows RPC (Remote Procedure Calls) portmapper
RPC is short for Remote Procedure Call. What it does is to handle a number of API calls that relate to RPC.
  CyberQue   (further information)
It is like a legal spyware, with this program, Microsoft is watching what are you doing
  M4nz4n170 Vr47ny  
My computer has been network hacked... Administrative control taken

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Summary: Average user rating of rpcss.exe: based on 10 votes with 4 user comments. 6 users think rpcss.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think rpcss.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving rpcss issues

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