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What is fsssvc.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 fsssvc.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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Fsssvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with fsssvc
Fsssvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Family Safety Service or Windows Live Family Safety Service belongs to software Windows Live Family Safety or Windows Live™ OneCare™ Family Safety or Windows Live Essentials by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Fsssvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Fsssvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 533,360 bytes (41% of all occurrences), 523,816 bytes and 6 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/fsssvc.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The fsssvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
If you run into problems with fsssvc.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ Windows Live Family Safety or Windows Live OneCare Family or consult Live's Customer Service.

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

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User Comments

fsssvc.exe is part of Windows Live OneCare Family Safety developed by Microsoft Corporation.
  Kevin   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of fsssvc.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.


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Best practices for resolving fsssvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with fsssvc. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the fsssvc.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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