What is vssrvc.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 vssrvc.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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Vssrvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with vssrvc
Vssrvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Virtual Server (version 2005 R2 SP1 Service, 2005 R2 Service) belongs to software Microsoft Virtual Server (version 2005 R2 SP1, 2005 R2) by Microsoft (

Description: Vssrvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Vssrvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,373,432 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 3,380,256 bytes or 3,311,328 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. The file has a digital signature. The vssrvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Microsoft provides a support site for assistance, and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 or Microsoft Virtual Server 2005).

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If vssrvc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 40,960 bytes. The program has no file description. The program has no visible window. Vssrvc.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. Vssrvc.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vssrvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan:Win32/Meredrop (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Agent.akph (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the vssrvc.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

It causes CMD boxes to appear out of knowhere then sets a hypertranslation x_000032as error message due to memory loss and insufficient funds
  Phillipa Batty  
This service is used by Microsoft Virtual Machine. If this service is closed the virtual machine will be closed.
  Daniel Gamba   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of vssrvc.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think vssrvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks vssrvc.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving vssrvc issues

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