What is service.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 service.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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Service.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with service
Service.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ErrorDnsTest or CacheXpress or JME Keyboard Driver or HijackThis or Generic Host Process for Win32 Services or MemoryClean or IVoqddhnI0lqTBhwna or Windows Service Provider

appears to belong to software Microsoft Windows Operation System or M i r a r ErrorDnsTest or Windows Service Manager or LogiSense Corporation PersonalService or Microsoft Windows Operating System or HijackThis or OLc5J or DHCP Service or Dell 3007WFP or W3AnhbJLdElqYkbVLfdBpx5KBYaCg or Network DDE Connections or Power Supply Manager or Windows Service Provider

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Description: Service.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file service.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder (e.g. C:\WINDOWS\system32\ or C:\Program Files\Dell\Solution Center\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 63,488 bytes (17% of all occurrences), 12,322 bytes and 57 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The service.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. Service.exe is able to monitor applications, record keyboard and mouse inputs, manipulate other programs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You have the option to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Setup or Dell3007WFP32c).

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name service.exe, for example TROJ_KREEPER.AL (detected by TrendMicro), and Mal/Behav-043 or Troj/Bckdr-QQD (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the service.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

Lenovo Blacksilk USB Keyboard - Readme Instructions Keyboard driver version: V1.4.11.0608(Only open the CD-ROM) (c) Copyright JME, All Rights Reserved. I. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Software: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 Hardware: A computer PC with USB ports. II. INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS To install the software for your Lenovo Blacksilk USB Keyboard, please follow below steps: 1. Turn your system on and start Windows. 2. Connect your Lenovo Blacksilk USB Keyboard to the USB port of your PC. 3. If this is the first that you connect the Lenovo Blacksilk USB Keyboard
tries to acess my computer through my norton antivirus only when connecting to the internet. norton blocks it each time..
it is a rootkit
Trojan Horse
  Sri   (further information)
Trojan.Service HKLM\System\ControlSet001\Services\aspnet C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\SERVICE.EXE HKLM\System\ControlSet001\Enum\Root\LEGACY_aspnet HKLM\System\ControlSet002\Services\aspnet HKLM\System\ControlSet002\Enum\Root\LEGACY_aspnet HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\aspnet HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\Root\LEGACY_aspnet
There are many applications called ServiceExe out there. Most of them are not dangerous at all.
  Matthias   (further information)
It blocks windows update
I became this file via MSN. I think this is a virus.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of service.exe: based on 21 votes with 9 reviews. 6 users think service.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 9 users think service.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade service.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving service issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with service. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 service.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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