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

Got an overclocked PC, or do you plan to overclock it in the future? Then Intel's XtuService.exe is something you'll probably need on your PC. Several of our PCs in our SpyShelter cybersecurity lab here in Austin, Texas are overclocked and run this common process. So, what exactly is this thing?

XtuService.exe is a process associated with the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility, which is an app that allows you to overclock your Intel CPU. The XtuService.exe file is part of the Intel XTU service, which manages and monitors overclocking settings and performance. It is responsible for running in the background and ensuring that the CPU is running at optimal levels according to your settings.

The service also provides real-time monitoring of CPU performance and temperature, and allows you to adjust various settings to optimize your system performance.

If you're going to overclock your Intel hardware, then you'll probably need to keep this safe Intel executable on your PC.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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More about XtuService.exe on WINDOWS

Who makes XtuService.exe (XtuService)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher should be the publisher of XtuService.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 XtuService.exe safe or a virus?

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find XtuService.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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