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What is kss.exe?

Part of Kaspersky Security Scan by Kaspersky Lab ZAO

What is it?

kss.exe is the main user interface application is part of the Kaspersky Security Scan (KSS), a free online plugin for scanning for viruses and other security threats. Kaspersky Security Scan won’t fix, modify or delete any threats and security problems. However, after checking your PC, it will provide you with a detailed report listing the threats and where they were found on your PC.
Description of kss.exe from Kaspersky Lab ZAO
Kaspersky Security Scan scans your PC to detect unwanted malware, software vulnerabilities, and other non-malware security problems. It can also be used as to see how effective your current security solution is by identifying any vulnerabilities or malware that may have been missed. Checks for known malware and software vulnerabilities on your PC - plus advises you on your PC's security status. Our servers in the 'cloud' provide real-time information - to scan your PC for the latest viruses and emerging threats. Award-winning scanning capabilities - built by the same world-class experts that develop other Kaspersky products.
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How does kss.exe run?

Service - kss.exe runs as a background Windows service called 'KSS' (Kaspersky Security Scan Service).

How does kss.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - kss.exe is registered with the run identifier 'KSS' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Security Scan 2.0\kss.exe" /autorun' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.0% of all Boost users have the kss.exe process running.Of the 0.0% of kss.exe users, 20.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is kss.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00029% CPU2857.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
60.64 MB RAM281.6%
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.
         15 GDI objects10.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\kaspersky lab\kaspersky security scan 2.0\kss.exe

Are there other versions of Kaspersky Security Scan?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Kaspersky Security Scan.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8.1 (6.2.9200.0)

About Kaspersky Lab ZAO

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File details

File name: kss.exe
Publisher: Kaspersky Lab ZAO (verified)
Name: Kaspersky Security Scan
Description: Kaspersky Security Scan
Size: 197.59 KB
Original file name: KSS.EXE

Digital certificate

Issued to: Kaspersky Lab
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 2/14/2012
Expiration date: 3/7/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0009551702%
Privileged CPU: 0.0006693787%
User CPU: 0.00028579151176%
Privileged CPU time: 3109.38 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 16 ms
CPU cycle count: 296,352,094
CPU cycle count /min: 411,748,626
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 203.66 MB
Peak committed memory: 280.06 MB
Paged memory: 60.64 MB
Peak paged memory: 131.8 MB
Paged system memory: 216.99 KB
Non-paged system memory: 43.22 KB
Working set memory: 6.17 MB
Peak working set memory: 83.66 MB
Min working set memory: 2.13 MB
Private memory: 60.64 MB
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 65
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 602.43 KB
Read transfer /min: 3.41 KB
Total other operations: 1,471
Other operations /min: 8
Total other transfer: 38.31 KB
Other Transfer /min: 222 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 15
Peak GDI objects: 16
USER objects: 13
Peak USER objects: 14
Handle count average: 680
Thread count average: 25
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Security Scan 2.0\kss.exe" /autorun
"C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Security Scan 2.0\kss.exe" -r

Service details

Name: Kaspersky Security Scan Service
Service name: KSS
Service type: Win32OwnProcess
Description: “Scans computer for viruses and vulnerabilities.”

Startup files (user) run details

Name: KSS
Command: "C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Security Scan 2.0\kss.exe" /autorun

Image hashes

MD5: 6efbc82722d0f7b35283993189ece9d0
SHA-1: 153e9f7a9118e95bd9fc04260274d169364ba3a5

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
File packed: No
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