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#1 scarshack


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 01:33 AM

Looked in task manger to see whats running and I see something called: SamSs running under services.

I have tried looking to see what it is but I cant find out.

Can someone tell me what it is please?


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#2 kenzki


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Posted 11 March 2013 - 02:19 AM

well this could be the security Accounts manager service.(SamSs services - svchost.exe). The Microsoft SAM service (Security Accounts Manager) is a protected service that manages users and groups in Windows.

On a 2000/XP/Vista PC or non-domain controller Windows 2000/2003/2008 server, the users and groups account information is stored in the Windows Registry, while on Domain Controller Windows 2000/2003/2008 servers, it is stored in Active Director


The entire security of Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 is based on users and groups. Everything about Windows is about which user you are logged in as, what security rights you have. which applications are configured for you, what your own user desktop is about, what your "My Documents" is, etc.., etc... To repeat, therefore, everything that you do in Windows is underpinned totally by which user you are logged in as.

In other words, this particular service is the bedrock of Windows - you kill this service and you kill your PC or server stone dead. You won't even be able to login into Safe Mode to go back to a previous restore point. You won't even be able to restart this service - your PC or server will shut down or freeze instantly. It will be the end of this PC or server as you knew it !!

So, if the above was not clear enough, then here it is again : LEAVE THIS SERVICE WELL WELL ALONE !!!

#3 hamluis



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Posted 11 March 2013 - 12:23 PM

Pertinent link, http://searchtasks.answersthatwork.com/tasklist.php?File=SamSs .



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