What is ServiceLayer.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 ServiceLayer.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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ServiceLayer.exe file information

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

The process known as ServiceLayer Module or PC Connectivity Solution belongs to software PC Connectivity Solution or Nokia PC Connectivity Solution or Nokia Connectivity Library or PC Connectivity Solution Lite by Nokia (

Description: ServiceLayer.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ServiceLayer.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 575,488 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 300,544 bytes and 30 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. ServiceLayer.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with ServiceLayer.exe, you can do the following:
  • get help from the software vendor Nokiausa
  • find out if there is a newer version [1][2] available
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Nokia PC Connectivity Solution or Nokia PC Suite (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

Recommended: Identify ServiceLayer.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ServiceLayer.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan Horse or Suspicious.MH690.A (detected by Symantec), and TROJ_BANLOAD.SMZ or TROJ_AGENT.UYR (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the ServiceLayer.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

I knackers up my bluetooth, I have to disable it to use my bluetooth speakers then I can't connect to my phone!
  Vince Peterbilt  
without this process you cannot connect your nokia mobile with pcsuite mode...
This process is trying to connect to the internet, when i connect my phone via bluetooth. Is it searching for updates?
  phoner   (further information)
I found servicelayer.exe in my perf log and i happen to have a nokia pcsuite installed
This is how to disable the ServiceLayer. If your OS is WinXP do this: Start -- Run -- type services.msc, OR, on Desktop, rightclick My Computer, choose Services. Select (double click) ServiceLayer. On General Tab, go to Service Status and choose STOP. Then go to Startup Type and choose DISABLE. Click OK, and it's done!! NOTE: If you later want to use your Nokia Suite, you must set it back to the original setting, so you need to take a note of the original setting.
  Klatschi   (further information)
Needed for Nokia PC Suite but nothing else
  Daniel Peel  
Badly written process that you are forced to run at startup and if you stop it and restart it it doesn't recognize your usb phone anymore.
java quick starter
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ServiceLayer.exe: based on 38 votes with 9 reviews. 21 users think ServiceLayer.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users don't grade ServiceLayer.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ServiceLayer issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ServiceLayer. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ServiceLayer.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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