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What’s HealthService.exe (Microsoft Monitoring Agent Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

HealthService.exe is a process developed by Microsoft Corporation as part of the System Center Operations Manager.

It's responsible for collecting and monitoring health data from various servers and applications on Windows PCs.

I spent a lot of time searching the Microsoft website to find out exactly what this executable does, and I found many posts about it crashing or using high CPU, but no exact description from Microsoft about what it does exactly. But, from its description it seems logical it is an agent monitor of some sort, and I could confirm it works in conjunction with the System Center Operations Manager software.

SCOM "System Center Operations Manager " is a set of tools in Microsoft's System Center for infrastructure monitoring and application performance management.

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Who makes HealthService.exe (Microsoft Monitoring Agent Service)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of HealthService.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: March 3, 2024

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