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What is DBXSVC? Can you remove it?

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Windows as we know it runs on hundreds of subprocesses supporting what we do in the background. These subprocess include Windows features, services and other third-party programs that might be running on your computer. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at what is DBXSCV, what it does and everything else you need to know. 

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DBXSVC explained

Dbxsvc is the background process for the Dropbox program running the background and syncing all your specified files with Dropbox’s online cloud storage. A lot of Windows installations come with Dropbox pre-installed and hence, there’s a good chance that you’ll find this process if you look through the list of processes running on your computer in the Task Manager. 

While this is a Windows system process, it’s directly tied to Dropbox, which means uninstalling the program from your computer will remove this process as well. 

Is it safe?

Since Dropbox is an official Windows program made by Microsoft, the process is safe in all liklihood. That said, threat actors often name their malware after legitimate Windows processes to make them appear legitmate and avoid detection. 

Here’s how you can verify if the process is legitimate or not. 

Step 1: Head over to the Details tab in the Task Manager, right click the Dbxsvc.exe process and select Open file location.

Step 2: Check the file path of the process. If it’s located in the System32 folder on your Windows installation partition or drive, the process is legitimate. 

Additionally, you can also check the file’s digital signature and verify if there’s a more recent version to ensure you’re running the actual Dropbox process and its on the latest version. 


Can you remove DBXSVC?

As mentioned before, the process is directly related to Dropbox and hence, doesn’t affect any Windows features or services. This means that you can stop or kill the process without impacting your PC. Additionally, removing the process is a simple matter of uninstalling Dropbox.

If you’re experiencing issues with the process, you can try closing this process using either the Task Manager or opening the Command Prompt and running the command given below to temporarily stop the process. 

sc stop dbxsvc

Once the process has stopped, check to see if the issue still persists. If it doesn’t you can go ahead and uninstall Dropbox from your computer to get rid of the process. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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