What is tsc.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 tsc.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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Tsc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with tsc
Tsc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Trend Micro Damage Cleanup Engine (version (32-Bit)) belongs to software Trend Micro Client/Server by Trend Micro (

Description: Tsc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Tsc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,208,320 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,214,464 bytes, 1,229,312 bytes or 366,344 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The tsc.exe file is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. Tsc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with tsc.exe, you can completely remove Trend Micro Client/Server (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as tsc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Mal/EncPk-FX (detected by Sophos), and Rogue:W32/TotalSecurity.C (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the tsc.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 file takes up 99% of my CPU.
    (further information)
This is installed by Housecall Service from Trends Micro
  Jo Mannix  
trend micro scanner
  bob   (further information)
TSC.EXE will produce audio files in the audio format configured in TextSound Windows Edition.
  Mike Garrett   (further information)
tsc.exe works with MicroTrend-pc-cillin network security program
  jw   (further information)
Hogs my CPU
It usually spikes in conjunction with svchost.exe on my computer.
  jason l  
u can always delete it. the process will work without it also
Trend Micro Scanner
If it hogs your cpu then you've already jacked up your PC and the Trend Micro software is trying to repair some of the damage
  Computer CPR LLC  
Trends Micro
TrendMicro Damage CleanUp Engine (but is a CPU hog!)
  Mark Morgan   (further information)
TSC.EXE can be valid and take up almost 100% CPU. It also indicats that your PC is likely infected with a virus already.
Is used for Trend Micro when xp is loading only on my computer
It is a Trend Micro Damage Cleanup Engine (32-Bit) executable
  Si Walker  
it seems to run randomly and It slows the computer down
A TrendMicro Process dont stop
if it hogs your cpu then you have a virus and tsc.exe is trying to contain it
There's also a file shredder called tsc.exe, it's a command-line tool from Safe Soft Corp.
  TheDitherer   (further information)
It is part of Avanquest Fix It Utilities
I wondered what it was when it came out of nowhere while I was searching on the web. I looked on the Trend Micro site and found info referring to it as an executable file... Seems okay.
  cora   (further information)
Total Security Center, Rouge (fake) anti-virus alerts
  Andy   (further information)
Not much, I installed somehting I didnt mean to and this file plays random audio adds

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of tsc.exe: based on 24 votes with 24 user comments. 13 users think tsc.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. 3 users suspect danger. 5 users think tsc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade tsc.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving tsc issues

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