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What is SDFSSvc.exe?

SDFSSvc.exe is part of Spybot - Search & Destroy and developed by Safer-Networking Ltd. according to the SDFSSvc.exe version information.

SDFSSvc.exe's description is "Scanner Service"

SDFSSvc.exe is digitally signed by Safer Networking Ltd..

SDFSSvc.exe is usually located in the 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Spybot - Search & Destroy 2\' folder.

If you have additional information about the file, please share it with the FreeFixer users by posting a comment at the bottom of this page.

Vendor and version information [?]

Product nameSpybot - Search & Destroy
Company nameSafer-Networking Ltd.
File descriptionScanner Service
Original filenameSDFSSvc.exe
Legal copyright© 2009-2011 Safer-Networking Ltd. A..
Legal trademarkSpybot® and Spybot - Search & Destr..
Product version2.0.3.0
File version2.0.3.160

The following is the available information on SDFSSvc.exe:

Product nameSpybot - Search & Destroy
Company nameSafer-Networking Ltd.
File descriptionScanner Service
Original filenameSDFSSvc.exe
Legal copyright© 2009-2011 Safer-Networking Ltd. All rights reserved.
Legal trademarkSpybot® and Spybot - Search & Destroy® are registered trademarks.
Product version2.0.3.0
File version2.0.3.160

Digital signatures [?]

This file has a valid digital signature.

Signer nameSafer Networking Ltd.
Certificate issuer nameVeriSign Class 3 Code Signing 2004 CA
Certificate serial number1e9298a426d948125bc1acf39622d735

Hashes [?]


Error Messages

These are some of the error messages that can appear related to sdfssvc.exe:

sdfssvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

sdfssvc.exe - Application Error. The instruction at "0xXXXXXXXX" referenced memory at "0xXXXXXXXX". The memory could not be "read/written". Click on OK to terminate the program.

Scanner Service has stopped working.

End Program - sdfssvc.exe. This program is not responding.

sdfssvc.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

sdfssvc.exe - Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.

What will you do with SDFSSvc.exe?

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What did other users do?

The poll result listed below shows what other users chose to do with SDFSSvc.exe:

User vote results: There were 48 votes to remove and 17 votes to keep

NOTE: Please do not use this poll as the only source of input to determine what you will do with SDFSSvc.exe.

Malware or legitimate?

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Please share with the other users what you think about this file. What does this file do? Is it legitimate or something that your computer is better without? Do you know how it was installed on your system? Did you install it yourself or did it come bundled with some other software? Is it running smoothly or do you get some error message? Any information that will help to document this file is welcome. Thank you for your contributions.

I'm reading all new comments so don't hesitate to post a question about the file. If I don't have the answer perhaps another user can help you.

Ali As writes

2 thumbs

Comodo firewall shows that SDFSSvc.exe makes internet connection and sends data to an external IP => this is a privacy infringement as often connecting to a certain IP with a anti-virus program that is able to identify your computer. Even if Spybot does nothing with this info, many others can spy on the line at several stages and track a users everywhere and ant anytime using the same computer / Windows ID / network name / DHCP ID

# 16 Feb 2012, 9:50

cactuspat writes

1 thumb

On Win XPPro SP3 machine this file causes Comodo to constantly monitor its activity, thus Comodo is constantly using between 9% and 99% of CPU.

sdfssvx.exe was also sending info every few seconds to IP, which is interestingly in a block of IP addresses ( - IANA has assigned for "special use"... (;q=

For now I've uninstalled Spybot S&D ver 2 and gone back to old reliable ver 1.6 until more info is forthcoming on WTF info is being reported to who at the mystery IP address and the software conflict with Comodo is resolved!

# 1 Jan 2013, 15:56

hartl writes

0 thumbs

IP is a multicast address and is used to announce spybot to other instances in the same network, just like a lot of other products do. multicasts won't cross router boundaries unless the router or firewall has explicitely been instructed to do so.

# 5 Mar 2013, 3:44

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