vsserv.exe | Part Of BitDefender | Is It Safe?

vsserv.exe is the executable file that runs the BitDefender internet security software package. But is it safe? How can it be removed? We investigate…

The full details are below:

Extension:EXE file extension
File Description:BitDefender internet security software
File Type:Executable application
Program:BitDefender internet security software
Code Size:various

Vsserv.exe is a file that belongs to the Visual Studio setup component of Microsoft Visual Studio programming software which is part of the development environment for building applications and web sites.

The vsserv.exe file is used by this component to read and write information in the Visual Studio temporary directories when it starts up or shuts down, before it starts using any other files on your computer’s hard drive.


Common vsserv.exe errors

Vsserv.exe errors are common and may have many causes. These errors are usually caused by:

  • Issues with the host
  • A recent Windows update which may cause the program to search in the wrong file location and so could not be found
  • An out of date Windows system32 file
  • Applications being loaded on an old machine
  • Too many programs being opened on a PC

How To Fix Vsserv.exe Errors

Some of you may have experienced this one before and others may not. The Vsserv.exe error is a most commonly seen error in Windows XP, and it’s caused by a corruption of the virtual machine subsystem, which could be fixed with the Virtual Machine Additions Wizard application.

The following are also ways to fix Vsserv.exe errors:

  1. Rename Vsserv.exe to Vsserv.exe.old and run the command prompt as an administrator, then type in sfc /scannow and press Enter on the keyboard; this will resolve most of your issues related to corrupted system files and missing Windows updates.
  2. Type in the same command prompt as above, but instead type in chkdsk /f, then press Enter.
  3. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard: You can download it for free (http://www.partitionwizard.com). Once installed and running, select the Windows partition you want to check and click on “Quick Scan” button to start checking your partitions and disk drive for errors; this will help you fix those Vsserv.exe errors that your disk drive may be experiencing.
  4. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to open Task Manager. Then select the “Processes Tab” and look for Vsserv.exe entry; if you see it, right-click on it and select “End Process”; this will end the Vsserv.exe running in your computer system that may be causing your computer system to crash, freeze or not log on correctly.
  5. Delete Vsserv.
  6. Run a virus scan; one of the reasons why Vsserv.exe errors occur is due to a virus infection on your computer; so, either use WinPatrol (http://www.winpatrol.com) to scan your computer for viruses or scan it with another antivirus software you have installed on your computer.
  7. You can also uninstall the virtual machine and reinstall it again, do a System Restore to set your computer system back to the previous date when Vsserv.exe errors were not present or use Safe Mode with Networking to log onto your computer system.
  8. You can also try running scannow (System File Checker) or sfc /scannow command; these commands allow you to scan your system files and restore those that are corrupted by viruses or spyware infections present in your computer system.
  9. You should also check the virtual machine’s virtual disk drive to ensure that it is not corrupted and if it is, you can use MiniTool Partition Wizard to fix Vsserv.exe errors.
  10. Finally, you can fix Vsserv.exe errors by using Windows Update; this will allow you to update your computer system with the newest patches that Microsoft has created and released for Windows Update, which will prevent many Vsserv.exe errors from occurring in the future on your computer system.

How Can You Tell if vsserv.exe Is Legit or a Virus?

The file is usually legitimate because it’s a part of an important piece of software. But there are times when it might not be legitimate.

Malware writers and hackers sometimes disguise viruses to make them look like another legitimate file.

Here are some indications that you may have malware disguised as vsserv:

  • high internet connection fluctuation
  • the vsserv.exe file is taking more of your CPU memory than 300Mb
  • redirection to some unknown websites
  • popup ads appear
  • system performance is low
  • system freezes
  • the VSServices.exe file is not located in the C:\Program Files folder

Check the Location of the File

Viruses and malware are often saved in odd locations.

In this case, you should expect the vsserv.exe file to be in a location that has a similar path to this one:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Windows 10 Enterprise N (x86)\

Check the Size of the vsserv.exe File

If the file size is significantly different to the usual 300Mb then it may well be a virus.

How to Remove Vsserv.exe From Your Computer

One way to remove Vsserv.exe from your computer is through using specialist software like ‘Advanced Uninstaller PRO’ which has been designed to remove this type of program with just a few clicks of your mouse or by clicking few buttons.

Advanced Uninstaller PRO is a very good program for removing Vsserv.exe and other similar programs from your computer. The program is very easy to use, but before you start the uninstall process, you need to understand what Vsserv.exe does and how it works.

Please note that if Vsserv.exe is associated with other applications or programs that are running on your computer, the program might be left over traces of these programs as well. Before removing Vsserv.exe you need to get rid of all of these data.

Other software options for removing vvserv include:

  • Kaspersky
  • BullGuard
  • Malwarebytes
  • McAfee
  • Zonealarm
  • Cylance
  • Norton

How to Protect Your Computer From Vsserv.exe

If you want to steer clear of harmful malware, there are some measures to take. Take a look at these tips; they’ll help you protect your computer as much as you can.

  • do not download anything from unknown sources,
  • maintain a careful watch on your browser’s security settings
  • keep your antivirus software up to date and check that it is actually working.
  • keep your computer free of spyware, adware, and other malicious software.
  • remove all files that you don’t recognize and are not commonly found on your computer.
  • do not open attachments in email or attachments found on links posted in online discussion forums.


Vsserv.exe is a part of a legitimate software package, Bit Defender, and so is usually safe.

However hackers sometimes use its name to hide malware, and so care needs to be taken should a file with this name be found.

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