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What’s gameinputsvc.exe (GameInput Host Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

If you're a REAL PC gamer, shouldn't you be using a keyboard and mouse and not some weird controller? Well, if you want to use a controller and be some kind of weird PC gamer wannabe, then you'll need gameinputsvc.exe aka Game Input Service.

We hope you enjoy using your strange Xbox controller with your Windows PC, and losing all the advantages of being a PC power gamer... Just kidding, we're OK with you using your weird non-standard controller on your PC, kind of... maybe. So, what exactly does gameinputsvc.exe do, and is it safe?

Game Input Service (gameinputsvc.exe) is responsible for managing input devices for gaming applications. This service helps to ensure that gaming peripherals are properly recognized and work seamlessly with PC games.

Yes, gameinputsvc.exe should be safe on your PC as long as you confirmed it's signed by Microsoft. However, your wrists and fingers may not be safe while you use that weird freakish non-PC controller...

Sorry, I will try to stop judging you now. Enjoy using that "thing" while you play your Fortnite.

Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs

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Who makes gameinputsvc.exe (GameInput Host Service)?

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

Last updated: February 1, 2024

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