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lsass.exe good or bad

Posted on 2012-08-11
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Last Modified: 2013-11-22
watching "processes" via taskmgr, I keep seeing lsass.exe come up. What is that and is it ok?  I did a google search and am not sure it's a good thing.....it is the one with and "L", but lower case l as in lsass.exe.
Question by:wfcrr

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so, thought I would try "end process" via task manager. As soon as I did that, Win7Pro OS said it had encountered a critical error and had to restart itself.  Makes me wonder if that process is part of the OS or what?  The article I read said it is a bad process?

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aboo_s earned 1000 total points
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lsass.exe is a system service.
There are anyway a lot of known viruses that will alter it ,which means that it has to be healed!
If not successful then via installing HD on another PC.
Any good antivirus would detect any altered lsass.exe
So if what makes suspect is only that sometimes it consumes CPU percentage ,then it is normal. If most of the time on 100%  it is a problem.
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Sudeep Sharma earned 1000 total points
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If it is running from this location, C:\Windows\system32\lsass.exe, it is genuine and required for system to run properly.

Further you may like to use something better than Windows Task Manager. Process Hacker or Process Explorer.



Process Hacker:

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Please be careful of making this kind of comment: "Any good antivirus would detect any altered lsass.exe".

There are so many known and unknown variants of malware that it is really a stretch to make that claim.

Use the information recommended by SSharma and identify the actual file. Any suspicious/unknown files can be uploaded and scanned at:


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