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What’s DbgSvc.exe (Debug Diagnostic Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

When we're working on our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software, we often debug to find issues. Therefore we're very familiar with Microsoft's dbgSvc.exe also known as the Debug Diagnostic Service.

The Debug Diagnostic Service is a system service that is used to provide debugging support for applications and processes on the computer. This process is not essential for the functioning of the Windows OS, but it is used for troubleshooting and analyzing software issues.

DbgSvc.exe allows developers to perform various debugging tasks, such as setting breakpoints, inspecting variables, and tracing code execution, in order to identify and resolve software errors.

It runs in the background and is typically only activated when a debugging session is initiated. If you aren't debugging, or helping a developer debug, then it's probably OK to kill this process.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes DbgSvc.exe (Debug Diagnostic Service)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of DbgSvc.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is DbgSvc.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the DbgSvc.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find DbgSvc.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 1, 2024

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