What is services.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 services.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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Services.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with services
Services.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: The original services.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Services.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 110,592 bytes (21% of all occurrences), 108,544 bytes and 24 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. Services.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is services.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true services.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Services and Controller app". However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and Trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example Trojan:Win32/Puzlice.A or Worm:Win32/VB.BW (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan-Spy.Win32.VB.bwm or Trojan.Win32.Cossta.bnq (detected by Kaspersky).
To ensure that no rogue services.exe is running on your PC, click here to run a Free Malware Scan.

How to recognize suspicious variants?

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware disguises itself as services.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the services.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

On my computer it makes me lag constantly. i suggest deleting it if u have never seen it, it pops up on your computer out of nowhere, and now your games lag.
  SKT T1 Faker  
Look if you download a hacks or its over 70% that is a virus you know worms trojan etc, if you cant load google , youtube facebook etc its virus or you dont have a network but if its says web blocked 100% virus i had a virus Worms :) so i know how to remove it go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etca and remove services of virus
This popped up on AVG as a trojan after a long day of recovering my buddy's laptop. Long story short, update your computers people.
found to be lagging my pc very hard. once i deleted it from task manager it stopped the lag completely. very weird.
The services.exe file is a part of the Microsoft Windows Operating System which manages the operation of starting and stopping services. It also deals with the automatic starting of services during the computers boot-up and the stopping of services during shut-down. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated. services.exe should be located in %SystemRoot%\System32, if instances occur elsewhere they may be viruses, trojans or other malware. If this file infected it can be replaced with a clean system copy by using the Microsoft System File Checker, see below for instructions. 1. Go to Start All Programs Accessories. 2. Right click on Command Prompt. For Windows XP: Choose Open. For Windows 7/ Vista: Choose Run as Administrator. 3. On your Command Prompt window, type in: For Windows XP: sfc /scannow For Windows 7/ Vista: sfc /scanfile=C:\windows\system32\services.exe 4. Press Enter. The result will be shown and it should also say it needs a restart. 5. Restart the computer for the file to be replaced. Run an AV scan to confirm the services.exe file is now clean. You may need access to your OS installation discs to run the MS system file checker.
It's a trojan, try using HijackThis Open the Misc Tools section Open Process Manager then kill process c:\windows\services.exe then go to C:\WINDOWS and manual delete services.exe Restart and that's all
i tried to delete it and couldn't delete it, it would not let me. I restarted my computer and now windows will not boot up i get the blue screen of death every time and it resets.
  david P  
Run ESET Online scanner immediately. Then Run tdsskiller. Then Run Malwarebytes Malware removal tool. Once you have finished, clean and defrag registry. These are all free and will remove 99% of viruses,malware and rootkits. Services.exe is required and can't be removed it the virus replaces the original file,then your anti virus removes it, and allmost instantly the virus will reinstate it and the cycle begins.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of services.exe: based on 280 votes with 9 reviews. 67 users think services.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 8 users think it's probably harmless. 36 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 31 users suspect danger. 138 users think services.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 42 users don't grade services.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving services issues

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