What is mfpmp.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 mfpmp.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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Mfpmp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mfpmp
Mfpmp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Media Foundation Protected Pipeline EXE belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original mfpmp.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The mfpmp.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 24,576 bytes (92% of all occurrences), 23,040 bytes or 31,528 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The file is a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with mfpmp.exe, you may want to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Microsoft Windows using Windows Control Panel
  2) get help from the software vendor Microsoft.

Recommended: Identify mfpmp.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as mfpmp.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mfpmp.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.


User Comments

It is a process about DRM, so you can terminate the process, and delete, or rename it to prevent to start again
  Mustafa Sazak  
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It is the copyright protection need for playing protected files. !!!DO NOT DELETE!!!
it handles media usage rights if disabled or killed most files wont playback in wmp
mfpmp.exe is a Media Foundation Protected Pipeline EXE belonging to Microsoft Windows Vista. Takes much CPU sometimes.
if you delete mfpmp you will not beable to use your playback feature dont delete
It's used to protect files played in Windows Media Player from hacking. You can terminate it, but that can/will stop the player.
  Illegal name detected   (further information)
Totally unnecessary--unless you are stupid enough to purchase tracks with DRM. Delete mfpmp.exe and if you have any files that won't play any more, convert them to mp3. Aside from that, there's not a whole lot you can do about.
  Vaffangool   (further information)
virus terminate asap
  opposite day :]  
using win vista. . and seems like related to windows media player when shuting it :)
  OFFLINE   (further information)
mfpmp.exe is a tool to convert media files when copying to a MTP media device
It runs hot (using a lot of CPU resources) when I play a downloaded movie from my Smart TV/Bluray via DLNA. Not advisable to delete it.
Hi I can't able to send tamil videoes to my mobile, it says media foundation protected pipeline exe had stopped working
it"s a program that is used when u copy any video file to phone or any similar devices to convert and play in the device.
  Vignesh Smart  
it"s a program that is used when u copy any video file to phone or any similar devices that needs to be converted and played in the device.
  Vignesh Smart  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mfpmp.exe: based on 14 votes with 15 user comments. 5 users think mfpmp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think mfpmp.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade mfpmp.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving mfpmp issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with mfpmp. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the mfpmp.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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