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What does the msftesql.exe file do?

The msftesql.exe process is also known as PKM executable and is a part of Microsoft SQL Server Native or, as the case may be, MSSearch. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of msftesql.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about msftesql.exe PKM executable

msftesql.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Msftesql.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 92,952 bytes (46% of all these files), 92,880 bytes, 95,592 bytes, 154,968 bytes or, as the case may be, 91,992 bytes.
This msftesql program does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. Msftesql.exe has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. Msftesql.exe is no part of Microsoft Windows. For this reason, 32% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves msftesql.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about msftesql?

msftesql.exe is part of Full-Text Search (MSSearch) which is part of MS SQL Server from Microsoft.
It is needed for SQL Full text Index.
DNN Developers

Summary: 2 users judge msftesql.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. source: file.net

How to uninstall Microsoft SQL Server Native or MSSearch

msftesql.exe PKM executable fix

To remove PKM executable from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Microsoft SQL Server Native or MSSearch in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if msftesql.exe (PKM executable) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of PKM executable. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for PKM executable or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or msftesql.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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