What does the msmsgs.exe file do?
The msmsgs.exe process is also known as Windows Messenger or, as the case may be, strch and is a part of Messenger or, as the case may be, MSEssentials. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or, as the case may be, ProIntel. An obsolete or defective version of msmsgs.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Windows Messenger has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Windows Messenger 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)
- msmsgs.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module msmsgs.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about msmsgs.exe Windows Messenger
msmsgs.exe is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. Msmsgs.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,695,232 bytes (80% of all these files), 1,694,208 bytes, 1,511,453 bytes, 1,667,584 bytes or, as the case may be, 167,936 bytes.
The program appears as a small tray icon. You will find it on the Windows taskbar next to the clock. If you don't see the tray icon, click the white (<) symbol. The msmsgs file is not part of the Windows operating system. It contains Microsoft's digital signature. This confirms its authenticity. Msmsgs.exe is capable of record keystrokes. For this reason, 10% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
A msmsgs.exe file has a 54% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In this case, the file size is usually 481,184 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 641,536 bytes. The file does not contain any exact product information, as would normally be expected today. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Msmsgs.exe is capable of log keyboard entries, track other applications as well as modify other Windows tasks. msmsgs.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.
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 msmsgs.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 msmsgs?
|MSN Messenger for Online Chat and Instant Messaging |
|this is the exe for MSN Messenger |
|This is a pre fetch program for the windows Messenger service. Or its updates. NOT MSN. I believe that it is that little tiny shield on the bottom of the computer that uses that program for updates. This is set for checking windows updates. So it can give false positives in some Anti-virus software. (further information...) |
Summary: 80 users judge msmsgs.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 22 users consider it harmless. However, 47 users consider this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 60 users have already deleted msmsgs.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Messenger or MSEssentials
To remove Windows Messenger 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 Messenger or MSEssentials in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if msmsgs.exe (Windows Messenger) 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 Windows Messenger. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Windows Messenger 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 msmsgs.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.