What is nvraidservice.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 nvraidservice.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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Nvraidservice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with nvraidservice
Nvraidservice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as NVIDIA RAID Service English language or Raid Service U.S. English Resources belongs to software NVIDIA NVRAID or NVIDIA MediaShield or NVIDIA Display Control Panel by NVIDIA (

Description: Nvraidservice.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The nvraidservice.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 83,968 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 84,480 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The nvraidservice.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. The nvraidservice.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 61% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If nvraidservice.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 38% dangerous. The file size is 163,944 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 291,944 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The nvraidservice.exe file is not a Windows system file. The nvraidservice.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run).

Uninstalling this variant: If any problems with NVIDIA MediaShield or NVIDIA Display Control Panel occur, you may also do the following:

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as nvraidservice.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the nvraidservice.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

RAID utility installed with bundled NVidia driver software
It is part of nvidia raid utility for windows
neccesary for your mobo i.c. with a raid 0,1,2,5 solution. It helps you out with SMART technology etc.
Raid Service U.S. English Resources
Windows Driver for Nvidia based Raid Controllers, Part of Chipset Download, optional install
As afore mentioned Sata / Raid Driver software, more commonly bundled with NForce Motherboards - Important device when using SATA HDD - you may end this process if you are using IDE only
RAID nvidia
NVidia Raid driver
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Summary: Average user rating of nvraidservice.exe: based on 34 votes with 9 reviews. 31 users think nvraidservice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade nvraidservice.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving nvraidservice issues

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