How to Stop ‘SS3SVC64.exe’ Process On Startup [Step By Step]

Do you always encounter this process at a startup? “C:\WINDOWS\system32\SS3SVC64.exe” -Service

If you are experiencing this, then it seems that the SS3SVC64.exe is a Windows service that should be running automatically if your system works fine. But what is a service actually? How to know what kind of services does your computer has and how many of them do not have a proper start-up type? Well, let’s find out!

What is meant by Service in Windows?

A service as its name implies is a “service” that provides functionality to the operating system or other computer programs In simple terms, it can be regarded as an independent background process that assists other processes on the system in performing certain tasks.

The Windows system comes with a predefined set of services in-built. Generally, the operating system itself runs various background processes like DHCP Client service which binds to DNS server when an IP address is configured on your computer for internet access, or AudioSrv Service which causes your audio devices to be initialized when you plug in sound hardware, etc…

Apart from these, there are some important services required by windows systems to make them work properly like System Restore, Remote Registry, and Plug and Play (PnP). You cannot stop these critical services since stopping them would render your windows useless.

What are the services that I don’t really need?

As much as possible do not disable any service unless you’re very sure that it’s not required for your windows to work properly. But if any of these services is indeed not required by you and it doesn’t stop causing problems for your windows, then you should try stopping them through “services.msc” or through Windows Task manager depending on the type of service as described below:

How to Stop ss3svc32.exe from Asking Permission on Startup:

Following are some of the solutions to the problem:

Solution 1: Disable it from Services.msc

The first solution would be to stop the service from “Services” which is located under Computer Management as described below.

1- Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories> System Tools> and click on “Computer Management”. (Or find Computer Management in C: drive and open it)

2- You should then see a window like this:

3- From the left panel, expand “Services and Applications” and select “Services”.

4- On the right panel you’ll find all services listed alphabetically with its status. To stop any service right-click on it and choose “stop”. (Note: As I mentioned earlier do not stop any system critical services unless you’re very sure that it’s not required for your windows to work properly.)

5- Then find SS3SVC64 from the list and double click on it.

6- This will open up a new window where you should change the startup type to “Disabled”. 7- Click OK/Apply & Close.

Solution 2: Disable it from Windows Task Manager

You can also disable the SS3SVC64.exe process by opening the task manager and unchecking the “Show processes from all users” option under the “View” tab as described below.

1- Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories> System Tools> and click on “Task Manager”. (Or find task manager in C: drive and open it)

2- On the Processes tab select ss3svc64.exe & click on End Process. (Make sure you don’t close this window without stopping the process otherwise windows would be unusable.)

3- Click OK & you’re done. (Note: Make sure that after stopping it you don’t open any file having the same name as ss3svc64.exe because doing so would cause the error again.)

Solution 3: Delete it from Registry Editor

If for some reason you cannot stop SS3SVC64.exe by using the first two methods, then you should do so through “Registry”. But be very careful what you delete in the registry since deleting the wrong keys might crash your windows completely.

So keep a backup of your system before trying this method or go to someone tech-savvy if possible. To find and delete the SS3SVC64.exe key from the registry follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories> System Tools> and click on “Registry Editor”. (Or find registry editor in C: drive and open it)
  2. On the left pane, expand the folders as follows: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE —- SYSTEM —- CurrentControlSet —- Services —— AudioSrv
  3. Click on AudioSrv from the list of folders under this section.
  4. Right-click anywhere on blank space & choose New -> String Value. This will display a long list of values/options called subkey with each representing a different service you can start or stop using services.MSc or by going to Computer Management as described earlier.
  5. Name it SS3SVC64 & make sure you choose exactly the same name to avoid any errors.
  6. Double-click on this newly created string to open up a new window where you should input “C:\ Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\” in “Value data” as shown below:
  7. After adding the path, click OK/Apply & close the window.

Solution 4: Delete it from Windows Temporary Folder

Delete ss3svc64.exe file from windows temporary folder by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories> System Tools> and click on “Command Prompt”. (Or find it in C: drive & open it)
  2. On the black screen, type cd.. to go back to parent directory & press enter.
  3. Then type cd windows\temp & press enter.
  4. Finally delete SS3SVC64 by typing del ss3svc64.exe /q & pressing enter. (Note: q stands for quiet which means no confirmation will be asked).


While ss3svc64.exe file is not considered to be harmful, you should still stop it if it appears unwanted since this might slow down your PC. And just in case if you’re wondering what kind of service this file belongs to then the answer would be “Audio Services”. The best way to know which software or process uses this file is by looking at its properties.

If you see any other program using it besides the ones mentioned above (Services & Windows System) then chances are that some other program on your PC might’ve created a copy of ss3svc64 without your knowledge (a trojan for example).

Warning: You should stop it even if no other programs are using it instead, otherwise your system might get messed up completely. And for those who don’t want to take chances, the best way is to backup your data and reinstall Windows on it since ss3svc64 might cause system instability or even damage if not dealt with correctly and carefully!

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