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What’s gamingservicesnet.exe (GamingServices)? Is it safe or a virus?

Here in Austin Texas at SpyShelter's Cybersecurity Lab, gamingservicesnet.exe (Gaming Services) is one of our favorite processes to kill. That's because we don't have time for Xbox games here while we're hunting for spyware, malware, and other online threats.

We've found killing gamingservicesnet.exe makes absolutely no difference for the Windows OS if you want to kill it, or use our free SpyShelter Antispyware app to permanently quarantine it. But, what exactly does this gaming .exe do?

GamingServicesNet.exe is a process that is part of the Xbox Game Bar application by Microsoft. This pre-installed process is responsible for providing support for gaming-related features and services in the Windows OS. It's also involved in facilitating communication and connectivity between the Xbox Game Bar and other gaming components and services.

It's a great process if you're actively using your PC for gaming, but if you have hard work to do there's no reason not to kill this Xbox .exe.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes gamingservicesnet.exe (GamingServices)?

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

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

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

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