What is WinService.exe?

The genuine WinService.exe file is a software component of SCM_Service by Netgear.
A wireless assistant from Netgear, this application runs in the background and provides an alternative for wireless network configuration. This application is not to be confused with winservices.exe, which is a well known worm that attempts to disable antivirus. WinService.exe is not required for use with Netgear routers and can be disabled. Founded in 1996 in San Jose, California, Netgear is network hardware producer.

WinService stands for Windows Service

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 WinService.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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WinService.exe file information

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

The process known as SCM_Service or Ads or Client-Server-Laufzeitprozess belongs to software SCM_Service or Quick PDF Converter Suite or Hijack This by NETGEAR ( or Trend Micro (

Description: WinService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The WinService.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 180,224 bytes (91% of all occurrences), 65,536 bytes or 186,848 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. WinService.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. WinService.exe is not a Windows system file. WinService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name WinService.exe, for example Artemis!45F94AED601F or Artemis!40A99BF7927B (detected by McAfee), and Trojan.Generic.4462789 or Trojan.Generic.5006188 (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the WinService.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

Windows Vista Service
will not let Win XP load on laptop
It's a file which comes with the Netgear WG111v2 drivers for Windows
  Gerd   (further information)
Part of Netgear wg111v2 driver version 4.0. Very stupid way of putting driver this way
It is signed with a netgear digital certificate and is installed via the latest netgear drivers.
Netgear WG111 driver installation creates a file called WinService.exe that is used sometimes with it's wireless usb device. Places the exe in similar location to trojans. This file may be legit in some cases (though only if you installed a netgear driver!)
  Josh   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of WinService.exe: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think WinService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving WinService issues

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