What is sshd.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 sshd.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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Sshd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sshd
Sshd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as sshd.exe belongs to software OpenSSH for Windows (version 3.7.1p1-1) or copSSH or Copssh or OpenSSH Services (version 3.7.1p1-1) by unknown.

Description: Sshd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The sshd.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 277,504 bytes (51% of all occurrences), 285,184 bytes and 14 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. Sshd.exe is not a Windows system file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Sshd.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with OpenSSH for Windows or copSSH occur, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) look for help from the software company Sourceforge
  3) update the program.

Recommended: Identify sshd.exe related errors

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

SSH Server through Cygwin
Cygwin SSH demon process
  Martin Fuchs  
SSH Server by cygwin.
  Paulo Casanova   (further information)
This OPENSSH server, if you don't use it please remove it, even if it's not dangerous. For info go to or (or similar). I use sshd on Linux.
ssh server for cygwin
I intentionally installed this file on my computer. Definitely a Cygwin component. MD5 checksum in my case (may vary with version): 1899758963ab27871ef060f082c96b3c

Summary: Average user rating of sshd.exe: based on 9 votes with 6 user comments. 9 users think sshd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving sshd issues

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