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What is SSU.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 SSU.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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SSU.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with SSU
SSU.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Spy Sweeper SSU belongs to software Spy Sweeper or Spy Sweeper Core or Spy Sweeper SDK by Webroot Software (www.webroot.com) or Webroot Software, Inc. (www.webroot.com) (www.webroot.com).

Description: SSU.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SSU.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 214,384 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 164,352 bytes and 7 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/ssu.exe.html 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. SSU.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SSU.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Spy Sweeper or Spy Sweeper Core)
  2) consult Webroot’s Customer Service
  3) verify that you have installed the latest version.

Recommended: Identify SSU.exe related errors

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

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User Comments

Newest file used for attacking spyware by Webroot
  birdman  
ssu.exe is a process belonging to Webroot Spy Sweeper which protects your computer against Internet-bound threats such as spyware and trojans which can be distributed through e-mail or attack directly to the computer allowing unauthorized access to your computer. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
  Hugo  
I only know that is suposed to be part of SpySweeper but I'm really not sure
  Vatz  
Part of Spy Sweeper program
  Simon Black  
SpySweeper application
   
This is a process from the program "SpySweeper" and is not harmful at all.
  Mitchell D.   (further information)
SS Updater: Not bad but triggers FP's (It's weird that it doesn't have a Co. name in Task Man. either, but oh well!)
  Chris   (further information)
Secure! Part of Spy Sweeper Program
  Zvi  
Sicherheitstool weepport
  Sachs   (further information)
Ssu.exe is a process belonging to Webroot Spy Sweeper which protects your computer against Internet-bound threats such as spyware and trojans.If you don't use spysweeper then you probobly shouldn't have it running on your computer.
  pi79  
Part of spysweeper. Keep it, best anti spyware I've ever had
   
ssu.exe is a process belonging to Webroot Spy Sweeper which protects your computer against Internet-bound threats such as spyware and trojans which can be distributed through e-mail or attack directly to the computer allowing unauthorized access to your computer. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.
  PowerShot-x  
SSU is part of Spy Sweeper, which as a package is a power-sucking system hog. If SSU is running, you may as well go to lunch, as your computer is going to be operating with the speed of a 286. I personally recommend ditching the Webroot software and going to something that isn't a system hog. Computer Associates "Internet Security Suite" is a huge improvement over Webroot.
  PTG  
ssu.exe can be causing your computer to run slow if multiple instances of this pricess can be found running in your process explorer. If this happens, shutdown webroot, and uninstall it.
  Kyle Horton  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SSU.exe: based on 15 votes with 14 user comments. 11 users think SSU.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks SSU.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving SSU issues

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