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.
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.
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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.
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.