What does the vsserv.exe file do?
The vsserv.exe process is also known as BitDefender Security Service or, as the case may be, The Shield Deluxe (Version 2009 Security Service) and is a part of BitDefender (Version 10, 2009, 11, 9, 8, 2010, 9 Professional Plus) or, as the case may be, The Shield Deluxe (Version 2009, 2010). This software is produced by BitDefender S. R. L (www.bitdefender.com) or, as the case may be, SOFTWIN S.R.L (www.softwin.com). An obsolete or defective version of vsserv.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- BitDefender Security service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- BitDefender Security service 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)
- vsserv.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module vsserv.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about vsserv.exe BitDefender Security service
vsserv.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Vsserv.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" (e.g. C:\Program Files\Softwin\BitDefender8\ respectively C:\Program Files\BullGuard\).
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 462,848 bytes (26% of all these files), 1,626,112 bytes as well as 40 other variants.
This vsserv.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The vsserv file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. This particular software is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. Vsserv.exe is capable of hides its presence from system tools as well as track other applications. For this reason, 53% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
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 vsserv.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 vsserv?
|Windows XP file ... |
|BitDefender Antivirus/Firewall |
|VSSERV.EXE is part of the antivirus suite BITDEFENDER. (further information...) |
|Bitdefender (Antivirus/Firewall) (further information...) |
Summary: 49 users judge vsserv.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 4 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted vsserv.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall BitDefender or The Shield Deluxe
To remove BitDefender Security service 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 BitDefender or The Shield Deluxe in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if vsserv.exe (BitDefender Security service) 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 BitDefender Security service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for BitDefender Security service 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 vsserv.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.