What is XtuService.exe?

The genuine XtuService.exe file is a software component of Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility by Intel Corporation.
The Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility ("XtuService.exe") is available for download from Intel by an enthusiast (novice or experienced) who wants to monitor or change voltage or clock settings in a system, (commonly called "overclocking"). It does not appear to be made available at manufacture, but once installed it always runs in the background. It is only meant for use with Intel® "extreme" processors. Be extremely careful to understand how to use XTU as permanent system damage can result. Installation may encounter problems with the firewall, which may need to be enabled but not running. In Windows 7 systems, before XTU can be installed, install the KMDF 1.11 update for the MEI/HECI driver ("HeciServer.exe") to work.

xTUService stands for Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility Background 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 XtuService.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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XtuService.exe file information

The process known as XtuService belongs to software Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility or MSI Intel Extreme Tuning Utility by Intel® (

Description: XtuService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. XtuService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 18,384 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 19,192 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The XtuService.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. XtuService.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. XtuService.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall ROG Gaming Center or Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R), or ask Support team for help. Go to ROG Gaming Center or Intel(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R) in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or go to for Customer Support.

Recommended: Identify XtuService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as XtuService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the XtuService.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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Best practices for resolving XtuService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with XtuService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the XtuService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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