What is cmstp.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the cmstp.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Cmstp.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft Connection Manager Profile Installer appears to belong to software Microsoft® Connection Manager or Microsoft® Verbindungs-Manager by Microsoft (

Description: Cmstp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file cmstp.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 81,920 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 356,864 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The cmstp.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: win.ini). Therefore the technical security rating is 76% dangerous.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name cmstp.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Malat or Trojan:Win32/Rodecap.A (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_COSMU.A or TROJ_HORST.SMPE (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the cmstp.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


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Best practices for resolving cmstp issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cmstp. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the cmstp.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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