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What’s elevation_service.exe (Microsoft Edge)? Is it safe or a virus?

Elevation_service.exe (Windows Elevation Service) is a process related to User Account Control (UAC) in Windows. It's responsible for handling the elevation of privileges for certain processes, allowing them to run with admin rights. This is an important security feature that helps prevent unauthorized changes to the system.

When a user attempts to perform an action that requires administrative permissions, elevation_service.exe prompts the user to confirm their credentials before allowing the action to proceed. By controlling the elevation of privileges, this process helps maintain the security and integrity of Windows.

Here at SpyShelter, we recommend you set your UAC (User Account Controls) to "Always notify me" in your Windows settings.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes elevation_service.exe (Microsoft Edge)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of elevation_service.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 elevation_service.exe safe or a virus?

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

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

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