What is crss.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 crss.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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Crss.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with crss
Crss.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Crss.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file crss.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 157,888 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 69,120 bytes, 118,784 bytes or 968,704 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. The program is not visible. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run). Crss.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name crss.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Sisron or Worm:Win32/Nayrabot (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Gen.2 or Backdoor.Cycbot (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the crss.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

you dont need it. i deleted ours but the only thing wrong with deleteing it is that every time i start up an error message pops up saying it is missing. i dont want it and nobody misses it. whatever the hell it is?!
  Jacki D  
it is trojan virus
  John Harri  
When process is ended via task manager PC CRASHES.
it's windows system process file
cant be deleted, also seems to shut down lan
  Ben D. arcrexing  
Worm!!!!!! The name is W32.AGOBOT.GH Worm
It really is a trojan. I don't get what people don't understand. There is a distinct difference between crss.exe and cSrss.exe. obviously, cSrss.exe is the important one that people are trying to delete and crss.exe is the one people overlook because they just think it's a spelling mistake. I am honestly looking for a solution because a regular windows system process wouldn't make it so my CPU usage is always 100%. I have tried MalwareBytes, which gets rid of it, but it just keeps coming back. Something I'm noticing when I go to the roaming folder is that it's in a WindowsDriver folder.
since BT infinity has been in use this file has come up in Task manager
Build-in system... 100% clean...
The file is essential for windows registry boot
  John Cena  

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Summary: Average user rating of crss.exe: based on 12 votes with 10 user comments. 2 users think crss.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 3 users think crss.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving crss issues

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