"Secure System" process - What is it?


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Process Explorer shows a suspended process "Secure System". On the web I see lots hits, but all seem to be "What is it?" questions (just like this one). Spme of the replies run off into the weeds but none give a straightforward answer. I was going to assume it' was a legitimate part of Windows (or maybe BitDefender which I just installed), but most Windows processes show "Company Name" as Microsoft abd BitDefender process show "Bitdefender". This process shows no company name.

Anyone know what this thing is?
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Hmm. Registry doesn't show a company name either. I guess that's no indication of a non-Microsoft process.
 

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Secure System process is related to Virtual Secure Mode. I personally do not understand VSM but here's Microsoft's definition.

Virtual Secure Mode (VSM) is a set of hypervisor capabilities and enlightenments offered to host and guest partitions which enables the creation and management of new security boundaries within operating system software.
 

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Thanks. I didn't know it existed. I'll look into it and see how confused I can get.
 

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Doesn`t Task Manager show the same things ?
 

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Doesn`t Task Manager show the same things ?
I rarely use Task Manager, but I just checked. I couldn't find this process in the Processes display, but it does show in the Details display (which I had never looked at before).
 

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    ASUS PRIME H370-PLUS
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    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    On board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 2043BWX
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x 1050
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 256GB
    WDC 1TB NVMe
    WD 3TB external USB drive
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    I don't remember
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    DAS S Pro (Cherry Brown)
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    Logitech USB of some sort
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