Most antivirus programs identify csrss_tc.exe as malware—for example McAfee identifies it as Artemis!ABE3FAB49C9A, and Symantec identifies it as Spyware.StaffCop.
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Description: Csrss_tc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Csrss_tc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 863,232 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 814,592 bytes, 808,960 bytes or 720,896 bytes.
The program has no visible window. Csrss_tc.exe is not a Windows system file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Csrss_tc.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous.
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If csrss_tc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 863,232 bytes. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The application is a hidden stealth process. It is not a Windows core file. Csrss_tc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.
Important: You should check the csrss_tc.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active csrss_tc process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the csrss_tc.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.