What is sp_rsser.exe?

The genuine sp_rsser.exe file is a software component of Spyware Terminator by Crawler.
Sp_rsser.exe is the process that runs the real-time shield service for Spyware Terminator. The real-time protection provides security from viruses such as trojans, worms, as well as rootkits, keyloggers, home page hijackers, spyware, malware, etc. Spyware Terminator was developed in 2005 by an American company, Crawler.

sp_rsser stands for Spyware Terminator Realtime Shield Service

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 sp_rsser.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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Sp_rsser.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sp_rsser
Sp_rsser.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Spyware Terminator Realtime Shield Service or Spyware Terminator Realtime Shield (version 32-bit Service) belongs to software Crawler Spyware Terminator or Spyware Terminator or Macromedia Shockwave Player by (

Description: Sp_rsser.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sp_rsser.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 570,880 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 488,960 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. Sp_rsser.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with sp_rsser.exe, you could also do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramSpyware Terminator
  2) contact Customer Service
  3) look for a new, improved version.

Recommended: Identify sp_rsser.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sp_rsser.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sp_rsser.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

a anti spyware
Just as with all anti-spyware programs that have realtime shields, this process controls Spyware Terminator's shields to stop spyware from getting on your computer
  Walt A.  
This is taking 99% cpu utilization
belegt 99% des cpu
File monitors applications for the Spyware Terminator anti-spyware program. It runs even if you've turned all the sheilds off.
  K. Anthony   (further information)
Anti Spyware process
the one thing i know of this thing is i think personaly it is a disguised program if you try to search it u cnt and if you try to end its process u cnt pluss it causes most cpu usage to run at full since most people still run about a p4
It's part of Spyware Terminator as already said
if someone have spyware terminator its no dangerous because its started file about this from windows p......... i deleted that alredy and nothing happend
Spyware Terminator says themself that they do have problems with this file, and it will be fixed as soon as possible.
  Lord99   (further information)
I think this sp_rsser.exe is from that Crawler Toolbar from IE
It is monitor part of Spyware Terminator (next - ST) software. If You do not have installed ST software, it can be trojan or worm under ST name. Please check list of installed programms on Your computer - Start ControlPanel AddOrRemovePrograms. If there is Spyware Terminator, it's all right, if not - it is unwanted application.
  Aivars, IT specialist.   (further information)
I use Spyware Terminator and in my opinion I think it's a great free program. It works great so if I have to wait an extra minute for it to start up I really don't mind. Once it's up an running the computer works just fine.
  Dj ATL  
C:\Program Files\ Spyware Terminator... Ok I don't have to worry
Part of Spyware Terminator ( a Anti Malware Program)
not much, but old Spyware Term detects threats others couldn't detect... though it's hopelessly slow (digs in archives - jar chm...
  Mariusz F.  
The active part of the Spyware Scanner. However, it uses all the CPU time on my notebook, forever. Uninstalling.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of sp_rsser.exe: based on 20 votes with 17 user comments. 7 users think sp_rsser.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users think sp_rsser.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade sp_rsser.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving sp_rsser issues

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