Is tcpsvcs.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of tcpsvcs.exe:









File purpose and description:

This tcpsvcs.exe file may have been on your computer when you purchased, but may have been installed by you at one time. The exactly disk and folder location is also shown below for you, so you can verify this file is in the right location and is not virus, adware, or spyware related in any way. Writers of spyware and adware will often use similiar or like names, and then place those files in other locations in an attempt to fool you into thinking it is a good file. This tcpsvcs.exe software file is part of the windows tcpip networking software, although there is also a virus that can affect this. The virus was reported by Symnatec as the Backdoor.EggHead virus including tcpsvcs.exe. The simple way to fix this is to update your virus detection software and scan the hard drive, and it will find and clean this. Note that if the tcpsvcs.exe file is consuming 100% cpu, that doesn't mean you have the virus. That simply means you have a file consuming alot of cpu and most just delete the task and its gone, but there is a bug in the older tcpip software that can cause high cpu usage. You should remove this if you have the virus of course, but otherwise this is a safe file. Other files like Services.exe, Pskill.exe, and other files reported by Symantec will also be present if you have the virus, but you should run your virus software to confirm and fix this if necessary. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
tcpsvcs.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
This program is located on your hard drive at C:\WINDOWS\System32\tcpsvcs.exe


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, tcpsvcs.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of tcpsvcs.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!