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What’s SurfaceService.exe (Surface Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

SurfaceService.exe is a process created by Microsoft Corporation that is responsible for managing and servicing Microsoft Surface driver and firmware updates.

It ensures that the Surface device is kept up to date with the latest software and drivers to maintain optimal functionality and performance. The process runs in the background and automatically checks for updates and installs them as necessary. This helps to ensure that the Surface device is secure, stable, and compatible with the latest software and hardware.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes SurfaceService.exe (Surface Service)?

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

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find SurfaceService.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 5, 2024

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