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What’s VSSVC.exe (Microsoft® Volume Shadow Copy Service)? Is it safe or a virus?

VSSVC.exe is a legitimate process by Microsoft Windows that stands for Volume Shadow Copy Service.

It is responsible for handling the volume shadow copy service, which allows for the creation and maintenance of shadow copies of files or volumes on a Windows system. These shadow copies can be used for backup and restoration purposes, as well as for creating snapshots of data at a specific point in time. VSSVC.exe also enables the creation of restore points for the Windows system, providing a way to roll back to a previous state in case of system issues or data corruption.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes VSSVC.exe (Microsoft® Volume Shadow Copy Service)?

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

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find VSSVC.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 9, 2024

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