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What is VSSVC.exe?

VSSVC.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if VSSVC.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

VSSVC.exe file information

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 folder C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 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 also read the users reviews.

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If VSSVC.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 33% dangerous. The file size is 1,600,512 bytes. The program is not visible. The VSSVC.exe file is not a Windows core file.

If VSSVC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 7,680 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 8,704 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.

If VSSVC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 718,336 bytes.

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.


User Comments

Volume Shadow Service ok.
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.
is a required backup process for systemstate backups
This service is fine, normal, expected, etc. Good for backing up locked file types.
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
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.
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"
comes with IDS 4904 VVS Audit
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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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