What is Tcpsvcs.exe

TCP/IP Services Application - Microsoft® Windows® Operating System - Microsoft Corporation

File description

Tcpsvcs.exe with description TCP/IP Services Application is a process file from company Microsoft Corporation belonging to product Microsoft® Windows® Operating System.
The file is digitally signed from Microsoft Windows Component Publisher - Microsoft Timestamping Service
We do not recommend removing digitally signed files from Microsoft Windows Component Publisher

What is tcpsvcs.exe?
This is the Microsoft TCP/IP Services Application. It is responsible for providing a multitude of TCP/IP services; however, its most common use is to serve as a DHCP server. It is included with most installations of Windows.

The execution of this process is not essential to the operation of the system; however, as it is a system file, the existence of it may be essential to the proper operation of the system. If it is causing problems or you do not need the services it provides, there should be no harm in terminating it and/or disabling the service.

Dangers of tcpsvcs
As this is the name of a legitimate system process, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files will have the same name but will be stored somewhere other than in %SystemRoot%\System32\. Other malware will use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. The following malware is known to disguise itself as tcpsvcs.exe:
  • Backdoor.Egghead (%SystemRoot%)
    • This is a backdoor Trojan horse that allows a remote attacker to take control over your system. It also exploits a number of legitimate programs; therefore, this could continue running even after terminating tcpsvcs.exe.
There will typically be no more than one instance of this process running at any given time. The presence of multiple instances may be indicative of a malware infection.

Common problems
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • This is a known symptom of the Backdoor.Egghead Trojan. Reboot into safe mode and run a virus scan to ensure that your system is not infected.
    • If the problem persists and you do not need the functionality this service provides, you can safely disable it.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
010 Installed services

Digital signatures found for this file

33 Microsoft Windows Component Publisher - Microsoft Timestamping Service
12 Microsoft Windows - Microsoft Time-Stamp Service
2 Microsoft Windows 2000 Publisher - NO LIABILITY ACCEPTED, (c)97 VeriSign, Inc.
1 Microsoft Windows - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
1 Microsoft Windows 2000 Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Service CA SW1
1 Microsoft Windows Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Service
1 Microsoft Windows 2000 Publisher (Europe) - NO LIABILITY ACCEPTED, (c)97 VeriSign, Inc.
1 Microsoft Windows - Microsoft Timestamping Service

MD5 security rating in our database

50 files (Not yet rated and not signed)
2 files (Not yet rated and digitally signed)
1 files (Safe and not signed)
59 files (Safe and digitally signed)
Some versions of this filename have not yet been checked for safety.
Warning: Some malware might rename itself to tcpsvcs.exe. Always make sure that your file is from a verified publisher.

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