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What’s sppsvc.exe (Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

sppsvc.exe is a process belonging to Microsoft Windows and is part of the Software Protection Platform service. This service is responsible for managing and enforcing Microsoft software licensing.

It ensures that only genuine and authorized copies of Windows and other Microsoft products are used on a computer. The sppsvc.exe process handles various tasks related to software activation, validation, and licensing, and it also provides notifications and alerts to users about the status of their software licenses.

At the SpyShelter cybersecurity labs here in Austin, Texas, we didn't find sppsvc.exe constantly running in the background on our own machines. However, it wouldn't be unusual for you to find this well known Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service process running in your Windows Task Manager, checking your license status.

As long as sppsvc.exe is officially signed by Microsoft, it's most likely a safe executable to have on your PC.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes sppsvc.exe (Microsoft Software Protection Platform Service)?

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

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find sppsvc.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 13, 2024

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