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What is VSSVC.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 VSSVC.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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VSSVC.exe file information

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

The process known as Microsoft® Volume Shadow Copy Service or Servicio de instantáneas de volumen de Microsoft or Microsoft® Volumeschattenkopie-Dienst belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Sistema operativo Microsoft Windows or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: VSSVC.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. VSSVC.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 289,792 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 924,160 bytes and 13 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/vssvc.exe.html 
The VSSVC.exe file is a Windows core system file. The program is not visible. The file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as VSSVC.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the VSSVC.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

Volume Shadow Service ok.
  Leo  
This service manages the "perfect image" backup of volumes that have files in use (opened) while the backup is going. It ensures that applications can continue writing data during the backup, that files that are opened are not omitted by the backup, and that backups can be performed at any time without locking users out. Recommendation : It is not possible to backup open files in Windows XP/2003 without this service running, so, if you use backup software, leave it running. If you have no use for this service, disable it via the "Administrative Tools \ Services" icon in the Control Panel.
  Felix  
is a required backup process for systemstate backups
  IreckonUR  
This service is fine, normal, expected, etc. Good for backing up locked file types.
  Ken  
It started running on my PC, once I started installing VMWARE tools on guest operating system hosted on ESXi Server.
   
Felix is right-on with his assessment. If you feel that this file may be corrupted, from an administrative prompt type: sfc /scanfile=C:\Windows\System32\VSSVC.exe
  MJH  
On a weekly scheduled basis, vssvc.exe is captured in the event system log as one service running, attempting logon but failing. In services, it was set as a manual start. In the Scheduler, Windows Backup is not scheduled but the unscheduled event triggers for time match the time of my Windows 7 system locking up requiring a power cycle. Additionally the Windows 8 Backup is defined to backup to a removable Drive not connected Lockup happens with or without the remote drive connected. To isolate, in Services, volume shadow copy & windows backup have been changed from manual to disabled.
  uniqueoperator  
Vssvc.exe is a proccess belongs to Volume shadow copy service and not to Microsoft volume shadow service..Is totally different.Belongs to Microsoft Corporation.Internal name "VSSVC.EXE"File version on XP Pro SP3 is " 5.1.2600.5512(xpsp...)Location: C:\Windows\system32 and in hidden folder "system32\dllcache"
  Hell  
comes with IDS 4904 VVS Audit
  polonus   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of VSSVC.exe: based on 22 votes with 9 user comments. 7 users think VSSVC.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users think VSSVC.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving VSSVC issues

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