What is sihclient.exe? 5 ways to see if it’s safe.

What is sihclient.exe?

sihclient.exe detects and fixes system components that are vital to the automatic updating of Windows and Microsoft software installed on your PC. This executable can go online and evaluate if it’s necessary to start healing actions on your PC, then download the necessary payloads to execute those actions. Without sihclient.exe your PC could have an issue that couldn’t be resolved by a Microsoft Windows Update, so we recommend you leave it running.

Publisher: Microsoft

sihclient.exe stands for Service Initiated Healing.

What does sihclient.exe do?

Fixes Windows and updates it.

Is sihclient.exe safe? 5 easy ways to see if sihclient.exe is safe or malware.

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Why does sihclient.exe access the network?

While investigating sihclient.exe with the GlassWire network security monitor on our devices based in the USA we found it first connected to a local IP on our network. Then later as time went on it would connect to sls.row.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net that seemed to be based in Hong Kong, but is obviously a Microsoft server. Since we’re in the USA we thought it was strange it connects to a server in Hong Kong, but we have noticed similar behavior from other Microsoft software in the past while using our GlassWire network monitoring app. We found it’s possible to block this software with the GlassWire Firewall, but we do not recommend you do so. With this executable blocked you may not get the updates you need for your PC to work correctly and your computer could get attacked by malware.

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