What does the services.exe file do?
The services.exe process is also known as Services and Controller app or, as the case may be, sss and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System or, as the case may be, deb. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or, as the case may be, FileZilla Project (filezilla-project.org). An obsolete or defective version of services.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Services and Controller app has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Services and Controller app has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- services.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module services.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about services.exe Services and Controller app
services.exe is a Windows system file. Services.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 110,592 bytes (36% of all these files), 108,032 bytes as well as 17 other variants.
This process does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. For this reason, 8% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
services.exe is a system file used by Microsoft Windows, and appears in Windows Task Manager as a process named "Services and Controller app." However, some viruses or Trojans use the same file name in order to remain undetected (for example TROJ_SWISYN.AD or, as the case may be, TROJ_VB.JKQ (recognized by TrendMicro), as well as Trojan.Win32.Swisyn.eus or, as the case may be, Trojan-Spy.Win32.VB.bwm (recognized by Kaspersky)).
To be really safe, you should scan your computer with two different anti-virus engines. You can use a free Anti-Malware scanner for this purpose.
Objectionable files with the same file name have the following characteristics:
- A services.exe file has a 87% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows directory. In this case, the file size is usually 350,764 bytes (13% of all these files), 57,345 bytes as well as 61 other variants. The file is no part of Microsoft Windows. It is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. This services.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. File properties have not been internally documented by the producer or developer. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run, win.ini, Winlogon\Shell, Userinit, exefile, MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Services.exe is capable of monitor other applications, record keystrokes, Change the behavior of other applications as well as make itself undetectable by other programs.
- A services.exe file has a 78% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows. In this case, the file size is usually 147,456 bytes (18% of all these files), 131,072 bytes as well as 38 other variants. This file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This file contains no information about the producer or the version. The file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. Services.exe is capable of track other applications, modify other Windows tasks as well as hide itself from other programs.
- A services.exe file has a 86% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers directory. In this case, the file size is usually 546,816 bytes (19% of all these files), 19,456 bytes as well as 19 other variants.
- A services.exe file has a 60% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 22,532 bytes (7% of all these files), 199,680 bytes as well as 22 other variants.
- A services.exe file has a 60% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 716,800 bytes (13% of all these files), 56,832 bytes as well as 11 other variants.
- A services.exe file has a 65% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32. In this case, the file size is usually 32,768 bytes (30% of all these files), 135,168 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
- A services.exe file has a 72% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32\drivers. In this case, the file size is usually 53,760 bytes (60% of all these files), 20,992 bytes or, as the case may be, 237,568 bytes.
- A services.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\. In this case, the file size is usually 272,384 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 60,416 bytes.
- A services.exe file has a 91% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the "C:\Program Files" directory. In this case, the file size is usually 112,099 bytes.
- A services.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the Windows Temp directory. In this case, the file size is usually 27,652 bytes.
- A services.exe file has a 74% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the "My Documents" folder. In this case, the file size is usually 64,156 bytes.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves services.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about services?
|Windows Service Manager |
|i deleted it repeatedly using security task manager but it keeps coming back. |
|The services.exe file is a part of the Microsoft Windows Operating System which manages the operation of starting and stopping services. It also deals with the automatic starting of services during the computers boot-up and the stopping of services during shut-down. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated. services.exe should be located in %SystemRoot%\System32, if instances occur elsewhere they may be viruses, trojans or other malware. If this file infected it can be replaced with a clean system copy by using the Microsoft System File Checker, see below for instructions. 1. Go to Start All Programs Accessories. 2. Right click on Command Prompt. For Windows XP: Choose Open. For Windows 7/ Vista: Choose Run as Administrator. 3. On your Command Prompt window, type in: For Windows XP: sfc /scannow For Windows 7/ Vista: sfc /scanfile=C:\windows\system32\services.exe 4. Press Enter. The result will be shown and it should also say it needs a restart. 5. Restart the computer for the file to be replaced. Run an AV scan to confirm the services.exe file is now clean. You may need access to your OS installation discs to run the MS system file checker. (further information...) |
Summary: 62 users judge services.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 8 users consider it harmless. However, 28 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 126 users have already deleted services.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program or deb
To remove Services and Controller app from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for the program or deb in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if services.exe (Services and Controller app) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Services and Controller app. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Services and Controller app or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or services.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.