What is Runservice.exe? Should I remove it?

Runservice.exe is a file that is used for licensing purposes by many Windows apps

Runservice.exe can run under the process name known as LicCtrl service by ViaTech Technologies. Its main purpose is to verify and run licensing process of certain programs and games as required. While it is not a Windows system file and can be disabled, it not recommended doing so, as all apps that are using eLicensing software would simply not function correctly.

Nonetheless, just like any other executable or a process, malware authors could be disguising their malicious creations under the same name. If you have no programs that use eLicensing within their operation, you should examine the file and ensure that it is not malicious.

Name Runservice.exe
Type Application files
Location C:\Windows
Purpose To ensure that licensing process of programs and games works as intended
Developer ViaTech Technologie
Dangers Illegitimate version of the process or a file might be a sign of malware infection
Further steps Scan your system with anti-malware if you believe that the file could be malicious. If it is causing errors, crashes or other issues, resolve them with ReimageIntego automatically

Software licensing is a term that most computer users heard at least once in their lives. It is one of the monetization methods that was used since various software was developed, as users have to pay for getting permission for doing so. Unsurprisingly, applications cost money, time, and effort to make, so most developers use at least some type of monetization scheme.

Once you purchase the license, Runservice.exe ensures that this process works well and you would get access to the software you just paid for. If you, for some reason, decide to disable it, the license would simply not be fully implemented, so you won't be able to use applications at all.

In some cases, users might want to remove certain background processes due to various reasons. One of the biggest problems that users might face is high resource usage by those processes, for example. If the process is legitimate, however, we highly advise you to reinstall the related application instead. If that does not help, your Windows have corrupted sectors or other issues – you could fix them quickly with ReimageIntego.

Then again, if you have never installed games or other programs that rely on Runservice.exe, you should investigate immediately. As already mentioned, malware could display any names within their processes, all while performing malicious deeds in the background.

If you are not sure or the process is causing crashes, errors, or other issues, you should perform a full system scan with SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or another anti-virus in order to ensure it is not malware-related. 

Why you should investigate background processes of unknown origin

There are hundreds of processes that are run in the background of any Windows operating system. Some of those are implemented by Windows, while others are important by third-party applications. This is completely normal since every program needs certain files and processes to operate as intended by the developer.

Some third-party processes, however, are not always beneficial or even useful to end-users. For example, some browser hijackers, adware, or other potentially unwanted programs might be using them to track users' activities online without them knowing. Therefore, if you are not sure whether a process or file is useful/not malicious, you should always scan your system with anti-malware and check for more information on the internet.

Runservice.exe removal steps

As already explained, you don't have to terminate the process if it is legitimate. Otherwise, applications related to it might not function properly and cause you issues. If you want to remove Runservice.exe after all, you will have to uninstall the application that it is related to. You can do that via the Programs and Features section in your Control Panel.

You should, without a doubt, delete the file as soon as possible if it is not genuine. Malware can cause significant damage to your Windows system, compromise your privacy and result in other negative consequences. Thus, use SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner for malware removal and then repair damaged system files or errors with ReimageIntego.

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