What is installservice.exe?

The genuine installservice.exe file is a software component of Cisco VPN Client by Cisco.
Installservice.exe is an executable file that runs the Installation Service for the Cisco VPN Client, a software program that provides Cisco customers with data tunnels that secure and encrypt connections to Cisco servers. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Cisco VPN Client is a program that connects systems to a virtual private network. The client allows secure access to resources of another network in a way that the user seems connected directly to the target network. The Cisco Systems VPN Client was discontinued as of July 2011 and updates were no longer released after July 2012. Customers are now advised to migrate to the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client. Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American company that focuses on the design, manufacture, and marketing of networking equipment. Leonard Bosack founded Cisco in December 1984 along with Kirk Lougheed, two students at Stanford University. The company's first product was based on the University's router software, which Stanford later licensed to Cisco. Cisco is currently headquartered in San Jose, California, USA.

InstallService stands for Cisco VPN Client Installation 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 installservice.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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Installservice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with installservice
Installservice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

More precise details about what the installservice.exe process belongs to are not available. This is partly because the author is not identified.

Description: Installservice.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Installservice.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in the Windows folder for temporary files or in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 217,219 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 217,220 bytes or 221,315 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The installservice.exe file is not a Windows core file. Installservice.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as installservice.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the installservice.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

It's part of the Cisco VPN Client installation (started by a Service after reboot after installation)
  Christian Ehlers   (further information)
its repair the services

Summary: Average user rating of installservice.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think installservice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving installservice issues

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