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What is cronsvc.exe?

Part of PreyService by Fork Ltd.

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How does cronsvc.exe run?

Service - cronsvc.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'CronService' (Cron Service for Prey). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network. Cron Service for Prey runs as a program that can be started by the Service Controller and that obeys the service control protocol. This type of service runs in a process by itself.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the cronsvc.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of cronsvc.exe users, 15.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is cronsvc.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00027% CPU2676.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
11.7 MB RAM54.3%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 1 /min0.0%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of PreyService?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 8 Pro with Media Center (6.2.9200.0)
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File details

File name: cronsvc.exe
Publisher: Fork Ltd.
Name: PreyService
Description: PreyService
Size: 23 KB
Original file name: cronsvc.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0012631353%
Privileged CPU: 0.0009955323%
User CPU: 0.00026760300710%
Privileged CPU time: 811.21 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 1 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,961,467,607
CPU cycle count /min: 3,441,914
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 118.21 MB
Peak committed memory: 123.19 MB
Paged memory: 11.7 MB
Peak paged memory: 14.69 MB
Paged system memory: 164.82 KB
Non-paged system memory: 16.4 KB
Working set memory: 3.86 MB
Peak working set memory: 11.22 MB
Min working set memory: 3.67 MB
Private memory: 11.7 MB
Page faults: 7,461
Page faults /min: 11
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 32
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 70.46 KB
Read transfer /min: 106 Bytes
Total other operations: 8,273
Other operations /min: 12
Total other transfer: 451.45 KB
Other Transfer /min: 682 Bytes
Handle count average: 280
Thread count average: 7
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command

Service details

Name: Cron Service for Prey
Service name: CronService
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Executes the anti-theft software Prey as the system or current logged in user.”

Image hashes

MD5: 2c53ab51f07ef7b58d32c36d8f2f8c16
SHA-1: 40a22c9bfac00f257eed5d795c943fbaa0a1c0d1
SHA-256: bc5284c83cd6faaf26794ebd2e861b5b1239be319f3fc1c7393b53d3846ca2b3

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
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