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What’s WmsSvc.exe (WmsService)? Is it safe or a virus?

Tracking down the purpose of WmsSvc.exe proved to be quite the challenge! After an extensive search, I stumbled upon information on the Microsoft website indicating that this executable is associated with the Windows MultiPoint Server software.

A discussion in the Microsoft forums revealed a user's experience where attempting to run this .exe resulted in no apparent action. However, further investigation clarified its connection to the Microsoft Wms software. But what is Microsoft Wms, you might wonder?

The mystery was unraveled on Wikipedia, where it's explained that Windows MultiPoint Server is an operating system built on the foundation of Microsoft Windows Server technology. It leverages Remote Desktop Services to facilitate multiseat computing, allowing multiple independent computing stations or terminals to be connected to a single computer at the same time. Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 emerged as the final version released as an independent product. From then on, its capabilities were absorbed into the MultiPoint Services role within Windows Server 2016, transitioning it from a standalone offering to a component of Windows Server.

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Who makes WmsSvc.exe (WmsService)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of WmsSvc.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: June 29, 2024

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