A service is an application or process type that runs in the background and provides specific low level functions to other applications. Service applications typically provide functions such as client/server applications, Web servers, database servers, and other server-based applications to users, both locally and across the network.
Many of the services you'll find listed by WinPatrol are normal Windows operating system services. Malicious programs do occasionally install services of their own, however.
WinPatrol lists the existing
services on your PC, the current status of each service (whether it is
"Running" or not), as well as the "Startup" type for each service. The
"Startup" type can be "Automatic," "Manual," or "Disabled." "Automatic"
services are loaded automatically when Windows starts or when the service
is first needed. Services marked "Manual" must be started by a program
before it is loaded. Services that are "Disabled" are prevented from
As it is often difficult to tell just from a file name or company name whether a service or program is legitimate, you can click the Free Info... button to review a list of common, well-known malicious programs on the WinPatrol web site. PLUS members can click the PLUS Info... button to search the online WinPatrol database for more information on the specific service program itself.