What is SyncServices.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 SyncServices.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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SyncServices.exe file information

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

The process known as Sync Windows Services or SyncServices belongs to software Maxtor Manager or Maxtor OneTouch III by Seagate Technology (

Description: SyncServices.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SyncServices.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 156,976 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 193,888 bytes, 106,496 bytes or 110,592 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. The SyncServices.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file is a Verisign signed file. The SyncServices.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. SyncServices.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 19% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Seagate provides a support site for assistance [1][2], and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Maxtor Manager or Maxtor OneTouch III).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SyncServices.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SyncServices.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 thing is EATING MY PROCESSING ABILITY...taking up like 50% on a 3.2 ghz HT processor!!!!!
Dienst für die Backupfunktion der OneTouch Serie
Installed by Maxtor Utilities to support Onetouch 4 MINI drive sychronizing needs
This thing was the tipping point that hlped push my CPU over the edge and now my computer is having freezing issuses. If you see it kill it asap
it is bring my machine to a crawl
Harddisk Backup Tool. Taking over 50 % CPU Power
It is installed by Maxtor Onetouch drive, but always causes Shutdown issue so that I have to end it at the prompt. Many times my laptop battery died because I didn't realize it was blocking the shutdown. I disabled it from starting automatically from autorun. I think I can run it myself when I need to do a sync.
I am in real estate, and there is a program called eDisplay that helps sync my key with the update cradle. syncservice.exe runs in the background. I disabled it from startup and only start when the cradle is connected. Hope that helps.
it causes my computer to slow down.

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Summary: Average user rating of SyncServices.exe: based on 10 votes with 9 user comments. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think SyncServices.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving SyncServices issues

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