What is ssc_serv.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 ssc_serv.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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Ssc_serv.exe file information

The process known as SSC Service Utility or SSC Service Utility for Epson Printers belongs to software SSC Service Utility by SSC Localization Group.

Description: Ssc_serv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file ssc_serv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 665,600 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 689,664 bytes or 761,856 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The process can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Ssc_serv.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program SSC Service Utility, update it, or ask the software vendor for help. Go to to update it, go to to contact the vendor, or go to SSC Service Utility in Windows Control Panel (section Software or Programs) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ssc_serv.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example W32.Virut.CF (detected by Symantec), and Virus:Win32/Virut.BN (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the ssc_serv.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

This belongs to a printer utility program that shuts off the printer chip.
great software for printer
  Boby   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of ssc_serv.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think ssc_serv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving ssc_serv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ssc_serv. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 ssc_serv.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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