What does the mshta.exe file do?
The mshta.exe process is also known as Microsoft® HTML Application host or, as the case may be, Microsoft® HTML-programvert and is a part of Internet Explorer or, as the case may be, Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or, as the case may be, SWIS. An obsolete or defective version of mshta.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Microsoft HTML Application host has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Microsoft HTML Application host has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- mshta.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module mshta.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about mshta.exe Microsoft HTML Application host
The original mshta.exe file is definitely a Windows system file, but many viruses use the same name in order to remain unnoticed. Mshta.exe is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory or sometimes in a subdirectory of C:\Windows or, as the case may be, in a subdirectory of C:\ or, as the case may be, in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 13,312 bytes (42% of all these files), 45,568 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The mshta file is part of the operating system. The original file was created by Microsoft. The file itself can therefore be considered trustworthy. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. For this reason, 6% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A mshta.exe file has a 26% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the Windows Temp directory. In this case, the file size is usually 458,829 bytes. The program appears as a window on the desktop. The file has none of the usual file information, such as version number, etc. Windows starts the process each time that the computer boots up (Registry: Run, RunOnce, User Shell Folders). It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. mshta.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.
- A mshta.exe file has a 58% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME". In this case, the file size is usually 29,184 bytes. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This process is receiving or sending data on the LAN (your local network) or on the Internet. The mshta file is not part of the Windows operating system.
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 mshta.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 mshta?
|it's multiplying its instances and couses RAM loss :- |
|it just pops up like ever 3 minutes and it comes back when u quarantine it or whatever you try |
|If it appeared out of nowhere, it's likely malicious |
|microsoft screwed my computer |
|add/remove programs |
Summary: 25 users judge mshta.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 3 users consider it harmless. However, 10 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 18 users have already deleted mshta.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Internet Explorer or the program
To remove Microsoft HTML Application host from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Internet Explorer or the program in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if mshta.exe (Microsoft HTML Application host) 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 Microsoft HTML Application host. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Microsoft HTML Application host 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 mshta.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.