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.
The process known as Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service or Microsoft® Volumeschattenkopie-Dienst belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System 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 10/8/7/XP are 1,025,536 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 289,792 bytes and 14 more variants.
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 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If VSSVC.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 59% dangerous. The file size is 13,179,660 bytes. The program is not visible. The VSSVC.exe file is not a Windows core file. VSSVC.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.
If VSSVC.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 20% dangerous. The file size is 1,600,512 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 1,454,080 bytes or 1,055,232 bytes. The program has no visible window. The VSSVC.exe file is not a Windows system file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft.
If VSSVC.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 7,680 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 8,704 bytes or 13,179,660 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.
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 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 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.