How to remove the Time-svc virus

Most antivirus programs identify Time-svc.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Artemis!33D8BFEC4EDE or Artemis!E15752D77B4B, and F-Secure identifies it as Trojan.Generic.9882991.

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Time-svc.exe file information

The process known as Time Service belongs to software Windows Time Services by Microsoft (

Description: Time-svc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Time-svc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 10,752 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. Time-svc.exe is not a Windows system file. Time-svc.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of Time-svc.exe, you can remove the entire program EMSC using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify Time-svc.exe related errors

Important: You should check the Time-svc.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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Best practices for resolving Time-svc issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active Time-svc process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the Time-svc.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

Time-svc.exe [all]