What is SSCEvtHdlr.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 SSCEvtHdlr.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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SSCEvtHdlr.exe file information

The process known as SSC Firewall Support belongs to software AOL Safety and Security Center by America Online (

Description: SSCEvtHdlr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SSCEvtHdlr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 181,840 bytes (93% of all occurrences), 177,744 bytes or 169,552 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The SSCEvtHdlr.exe file is not a Windows core file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to completely remove AOL Uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify SSCEvtHdlr.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SSCEvtHdlr.exe. Therefore, you should check the SSCEvtHdlr.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

100% CPU Utilization
Located in both the "ProgramFiles\CommonFiles and also in Windows\Prefetch
  Paul Vanston  

Summary: Average user rating of SSCEvtHdlr.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user suspects danger. One user thinks SSCEvtHdlr.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SSCEvtHdlr issues

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