Part of AdSupport adware, Compatibilitychecksvc.exe is adware and a potentially unwanted program (PUP) whom malware researchers recommend removing.
What Is Compatibilitychecksvc.exe?
The PUP will then start displaying various pop-up advertisements that could be quite annoying as they will appear whether you want them or not.
In addition to these ads, several error messages related to Compatibilitychecksvc.exe may also appear. Such are:
→Compatibilitychecksvc.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Compatibilitychecksvc.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.
Compatibilitychecksvc.exe has stopped working.
End Program – compatibilitychecksvc.exe. This program is not responding.
Compatibilitychecksvc.exe is not a valid Win32 application.
Compatibilitychecksvc.exe – Application Error. The application failed to initialize properly (0xXXXXXXXX). Click OK to terminate the application.
What’s more, Compatibilitychecksvc.exe is capable of reaching your personal data, monitoring your browsing routine, collecting all that information and possibly share it with third parties without your knowledge again.
How Does Compatibilitychecksvc.exe Enters Your Computer?
Most PUPs enter your computer bundled with free programs you download from the Web. Bundling is a completely legal method of combining freeware with other programs in order to save on the cost of distributing that particular free program. The problem, however, is that most users are unaware that such method of distributing programs exist, mainly because it’s usually quite unclearly stated during the installation process of the freeware. As a result, most users bluntly click on “next” throughout the installation and end up with unwanted programs on their computers.
While Compatibilitychecksvc.exe is not a virus and could simply annoy you or reach your personal data, freeware is sometimes bundled with more unpleasant PUPs that could cause a real harm to your system and even your identity.
That is why, in order to be safe, simply watch out what you download from the Web, and always pay close attention to the installation process of any free program. Make sure to disallow the options you don’t understand, uncheck the recommended settings and opt for custom installation. You do not need to be a computer expert to protect yourself and your system from threats from the Web.
How Do You Remove Compatibilitychecksvc.exe?
If you already have Compatibilitychecksvc.exe, you must remove it as you practically have no benefit of keeping it on your computer.
It is, however, not easy to get rid of it. It’s best to run a full system scan with a legitimate anti-malware tool in order to make sure your PC will be fully cleaned.
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