What is sppsvc.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 sppsvc.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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Sppsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sppsvc
Sppsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or sppsvc by Microsoft (

Description: The original sppsvc.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Sppsvc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,179,520 bytes (85% of all occurrences), 3,831,808 bytes, 5,598,832 bytes, 5,251,224 bytes or 5,468,136 bytes. 
Sppsvc.exe is a Windows core system file. The program has no visible window. It is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 2% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of sppsvc.exe, you can uninstall the software Microsoft Windows using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program) or search for help on the company's website.

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Viruses with the same file name

Is sppsvc.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true sppsvc.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Microsoft Software Protection Platform". 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 Mal/Generic-S (detected by Sophos), and TROJ_GE.E4F27539 (detected by TrendMicro).
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How to recognize suspicious variants?

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

Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service
In principle, monitor the SPP Notification Service (Software Protection Platform), the activation of the license. Who the service through the surface (services.msc) or the built-in command-line tool (sc) is disabled and the associated files (Slui.exe, Sppuinotify.dll, Sppwinob.dll, Sppsvc.exe and manifest files in the folder SPP) to acquisition of the rights to rename or delete, etc. Basically, its Windows "noid" program. It likes to annoy people with cracked versions of windows. Keep your eyes open. There are plenty of ways to crack the validation again without having to "clean reinstall"
  Anonymous   (further information)
Required for windows xp and up
If this is on the Windows Server, it should be left along as it is a Microsoft Process for Key Management Service
  Caxxiux   (further information)
Mine was not the size it was supposed to be.
it is the software protection service from microsoft, randomly checks to see if your using licensed version of windows
"C:\Windows\syswow64\sppsrv.exe", Malwarebytes picked up the process, identified as a trojan. It creates ~####.tmp files (where #### are hex values 0-F) in the Directory "C:\windows\temp" which are anywhere from 0-107 kb in size and get executed (visible in taskmgr). LOG: Trojan.Agent.FNTGen, C:\Windows\SysWOW64\sppsrv.exe, Quarantine, [3349b7c80a81c07611207c18857d7c84]
  James D  
although it could be important for microsoft, but it uses too much cpu.
uses wayyy too much resources to check for licences, should be disabled out of principle just because of that. Needed for office
This was the cause of the stuttering in BF1, every minute it uses 20% of the CPU making a peak and desapearing. causes FPS drops (from 110 to 53)
  Igor Lemos  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of sppsvc.exe: based on 18 votes with 10 user comments. 7 users think sppsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think sppsvc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade sppsvc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving sppsvc issues

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