What is runservice.exe?

The genuine runservice.exe file is a software component of LicCtrl Service.
Runservice.exe is the process known as the LicCtrl service. It manages and checks the licenses of certain games as part of an eLicense Copy Protection scheme.

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 runservice.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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Runservice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with runservice
Runservice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as LicCtrl Service belongs to software LicCtrl Service by unknown.

Description: Runservice.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file runservice.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,560 bytes (86% of all occurrences) or 16,384 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If runservice.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 1,193,458 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The runservice.exe file is not a Windows core file.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name runservice.exe, for example Artemis!16BDE5BB094E (detected by McAfee), and Trojan.Generic.11938683 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the runservice.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

Viatech - it manages your programs that you purchsed using e-licensing
licensing system incorporated with some software and games.
  Kenth Andersson  
eLicense Software. Programs bundled with eLicense will not run without runservice.exe.
runservice.exe is a part of the eLicense licensing system incorporated with common software and games. This process should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems. Author: ViaTech Technologies - Part Of: eLicense licensing system -
eLicense stuffs up your system
Loads if ELIC is installed in your Control Panel - some program comes with a 30 day trial, and a way to license them, this sometimes will install ELIC in your Control Panel - you can remove it.
  Daniel Dixon   (further information)
Not dangerous
Licensing component. I've tried and uninstalled Winspace program that came with eLicense. runservice still eats up resources. Bad job.
eLicense software. If this program bugs you, here's what you can do to disable it: First go to your Services (Start Run services.msc) and look for "LicCtrl Service." Double click on it, Stop it and change it from Automatic to Disable. Done. If certain programs won't run all of a sudden, you may want to enable it to Manual instead. Good Luck!
  eLicense Guru  
IRCBOT.BK can mask itself as runservice.exe
  Eric   (further information)
Have no games or had any games. Except those as installed with windows xp os. Which were uninstalled after xp os install. Though I doubt were ViaTech Technologies, only microsft. Yet still had this licCtrl Service so maybe is now being used as trojan, malware etc. Remove it by stopping the service using os services manager (Start Run services.msc). Stop and deactivate the service. NExt delete all LicCtl Service entries in registry for the service HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services and same for any other HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet 00#\Services\LicCtrl Service :note # which denotes any number for each ControlSet in registry Once done restart the computer and then delete all mmfs.sys out of /system32/ including those mmfs (number).sys Also \Windows\mmfs.dll Now all should be good. But maybe some game doesn't run for any update patch. Who cares go to the game site and download it instead. Better to do this than have it where could be trojan, malware, spyware, virus or other similar. Rating dangerous as it can be dangerous without user knowing it to be so. This is bad for any games company to run such service or have such files on end user pc. Offer you updates by user visiting the site no other way.
  Beware Of mmfs.sys, dll, LicCtrl Service  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of runservice.exe: based on 16 votes with 12 user comments. 9 users think runservice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 3 users think runservice.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade runservice.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving runservice issues

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