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What is vsserv.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 vsserv.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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Vsserv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vsserv
Vsserv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as BitDefender Security Service or Bitdefender Security Service or The Shield Deluxe (version 2009 Security Service) or The Shield Deluxe Security Service or Defender Pro Security Service

belongs to software BitDefender (version 10, 9, 9 Professional Plus, 8, 9 Internet Security, 11, 9 Standard, 2009, 2010, 8 AntiVirus +) or BitDefender Virus Shield or BitDefender Antivirus Plus (version v10) or BitDefender Internet Security (version 2011) or BitDefender Antivirus (version v10, 2009, 2008) or BitDefender Total Security (version 2011, 2009, 2010, 2008) or The Shield Deluxe (version 2009, 2010) or BitDefender Free Edition (version v10, 2009) or Bitdefender Internet Security (version 2013, 2012)

by SOFTWIN S.R.L (www.softwin.com) or BitDefender S. R. L (www.bitdefender.com) or Bitdefender (www.bitdefender.com/) or PCSecurityShield (www.pcsecurityshield.com) or Defender Pro.

Description: Vsserv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vsserv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\Softwin\BitDefender8\ or C:\Program Files\BullGuard\). Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 335,872 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 462,848 bytes and 63 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/vsserv.exe.html 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Vsserv.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you encounter difficulties with vsserv.exe, you can also ask Customer Support to assist you, update [1][2] the program or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > BitDefender Total Security or BitDefender Antivirus).

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If vsserv.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 389,120 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 315,392 bytes and 5 more variants. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is not a Windows system file. Vsserv.exe is able to hide itself.

External information from Paul Collins:

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

Bitdefender VShield service (core component)
  Cristian   (further information)
it jams up my disk and makes my pc hell of a lot slow.
  Krishna  
BitDefender AntiVirus Suite - can destroy your drive by scanning for viruses all the time
  Johny  
I don't know anything about the vsserv.exe file, but I went to the program file and ran the fix program cycle on Bit Defender and the process stopped running. All still seems OK with my computer and Bit Defender. Seems like Bit Defender was upset by another program I had loaded, which I also uninstalled.
  Terry Bliven  
Essential to any bitdefender, scans files for viruses
  nyrox  
It may not be a threat, but it surely jams up my processor and anything I am doing. BitDefender fixed this once before, now fix it again!
  Rick Murray  
Seems to be part of "Immunet" as it's been running since I downloaded that software ! My "Bit Defender" is not 'running' now and is not nearly to consuming of my computing resources. Immunet does not seem to be what their sales puff implies...it seems to be running constantly consuming 100 percent of my computer's capacity !! I thought it would be 'cleaning' internet content before it got into my computer ! May have to 'uninstall' as I my computer is quite unresponsive as it seems to be running in the background all the time, without even pausing when I am using my computer.
  don  
vsserv.exe is also part of ACRONIS BACKUP AND SECURITY 2010
  Hotliner  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of vsserv.exe: based on 69 votes with 9 reviews. 58 users think vsserv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think vsserv.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade vsserv.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving vsserv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vsserv. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 vsserv.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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