What is mssvc.exe?

The genuine mssvc.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows by Microsoft.
Microsoft Windows is an operating system; a piece of software that acts as a bridge between the hardware and software counterparts of a computer. Mssvc.exe runs the Virtual Disk Service Manager, a set of application programming interfaces (APIs) that are used for managing storage on peripheral devices used by Windows. This is a critical Windows component and should not be disabled or removed.

The Microsoft Windows operating system exhibits a graphical user interface and made its first appearance in November, 1985. It was developed using a GUI system shell for MS-DOS to target the growing market for graphical user interfaces. Microsoft Windows eventually took over the market with a 90% share, taking over large competitors such as Apple. It is currently available in over 137 languages.

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MsSvc stands for Microsoft Virtual Disk Service Manager

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the mssvc.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Mssvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mssvc
Mssvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Virtual Disk Service Manager belongs to software Samsung SecretZone or Assassin's Creed Unity or Virtual Disk Service Manager by Samsung (

Description: Mssvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Mssvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—for instance C:\Program Files (x86)\Clarus\Samsung SecretZone\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 114,688 bytes (69% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes, 617,984 bytes or 572,355 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could also contact to assist you or uninstall Samsung SecretZone from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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If mssvc.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 617,984 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 572,355 bytes, 1,380,084 bytes or 225,792 bytes. The mssvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet.

Uninstalling this variant: You could also consult Tapochek's Customer Service or uninstall Assassin's Creed Unity from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name mssvc.exe, for example not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win64.BitCoinMiner.abo (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_GEN.R002C0ODF18 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the mssvc.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

This is a file from Samsung Secret Zone
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Summary: Average user rating of mssvc.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks mssvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks mssvc.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving mssvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mssvc. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the mssvc.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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