What is WinService.exe?

The genuine WinService.exe file is a software component of SCM_Service by Netgear.
A wireless assistant from Netgear, this application runs in the background and provides an alternative for wireless network configuration. This application is not to be confused with winservices.exe, which is a well known worm that attempts to disable antivirus. WinService.exe is not required for use with Netgear routers and can be disabled. Founded in 1996 in San Jose, California, Netgear is network hardware producer.

WinService stands for Windows 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 WinService.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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WinService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with WinService
WinService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SCM_Service or Windows System or Ads or Client-Server-Laufzeitprozess or AutoUpdate belongs to software SCM_Service or Quick PDF Converter Suite or AutoUpdated or Hijack This by NETGEAR ( or Trend Micro (

Description: WinService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The WinService.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 180,224 bytes (90% of all occurrences), 186,848 bytes or 23,552 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program is not visible. WinService.exe is not a Windows core file. WinService.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. WinService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify WinService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name WinService.exe, for example Application.Agent.OT (detected by F-Secure), and Application.Agent.OT (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the WinService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SCM_Service has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Windows Vista Service
will not let Win XP load on laptop
It's a file which comes with the Netgear WG111v2 drivers for Windows
  Gerd   (further information)
Part of Netgear wg111v2 driver version 4.0. Very stupid way of putting driver this way
It is signed with a netgear digital certificate and is installed via the latest netgear drivers.
Netgear WG111 driver installation creates a file called WinService.exe that is used sometimes with it's wireless usb device. Places the exe in similar location to trojans. This file may be legit in some cases (though only if you installed a netgear driver!)
  Josh   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of WinService.exe: based on 8 votes with 6 user comments. 2 users think WinService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving WinService issues

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