What is plays_service.exe?

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 plays_service.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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Plays_service.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with plays_service
Plays_service.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Service or Video Recorder or Video Recorder by Raptr belongs to software PlaysTVService or PlaysTV by or Copyright© (version 2017, LLC, 2016, LLC).

Description: Plays_service.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Plays_service.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—e.g. C:\Program Files (x86)\Raptr Inc\PlaysTV\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,528 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 55,000 bytes, 55,056 bytes, 55,024 bytes or 54,544 bytes. 
The process is a service, and the service name is PlaysService: Automatically installs new updates to client.
The program is not visible. Plays_service.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The plays_service.exe file is not a Windows system file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with plays_service.exe, you may also remove the entire program PlaysTV using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as plays_service.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the plays_service.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.


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Best practices for resolving plays_service issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with plays_service. 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 plays_service.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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