kservice.exe – what is it and why can I not easily remove it?

I was just doing a checkup on my machine and I noticed a program had “Hung on starting” in the event viewer.   Kservice.

What the hell is that I thought…     well, without the boring details that is the file sharing (P2P) part of Sky by Broadband, sitting there even though I uninstalled it ages ago.   Agh!  WHY do companies do that…   when you remove a program, it should remove everything and not leave a file sharing application sitting on my PC thanks!

I have since found a couple of other comments on the subject:

http://idunno.org/displayBlog.aspx/2006011101
http://www.opinionatedgeek.com/Blog/blogentry=00175/Blog.aspx

  8 Replies to “kservice.exe – what is it and why can I not easily remove it?”

  1. February 21, 2006 at 10:48 am

    Try using “Rootkit Revealer”. It is great for getting rid of residue left behind dirty applications. You would be suprised what one application could leave behind.

  2. February 21, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    Agreed, all of Mark’s tools are fantastic.

  3. Tony Clarke
    October 13, 2006 at 7:34 am

    Since found out that this service can open up your PC to use by anybody outside your local network.

    Dodgy and dangerous software. recommend that you diable the service if you are unable to remove it

  4. February 19, 2007 at 8:43 am

    As an aside, a friend of mine just had trouble with this since 4OD (4’s new on demand service) also uses it.

  5. Carld
    July 16, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks Gavin, pc has kservice.exe I was sure I never installed Sky broadband, but the wife said she watched some channel 4 prog on the PC the other night, Channel 4OD now deleted

  6. Steve
    August 2, 2007 at 1:44 am

    …..and the new BBC iPlayer service now uses KService.exe too. I have Sky, 4OD and BBC iPlayer on the PC – and now the PC won’t start any of them after installing the new BBC player – something got scrambled

  7. September 19, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    AOL Hi-Q Video Delivery Manager also uses KService.

  8. Kev
    February 1, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Just as a sideline. KService.exe opens on Port 80 which will crash you IIS service if it starts first.

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