What is msc.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 msc.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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Msc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msc
Msc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as msc.exe appears to belong to software MSC.Licensing by unknown.

Description: Msc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msc.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 161,792 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 147,456 bytes and 16 more variants. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The msc.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows system file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Msc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 83% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name msc.exe, for example Suspicious.Cloud or Trojan.Adclicker (detected by Symantec), and Trojan.Win32.Agent.cgwy (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the msc.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 trojan that comes hiden in compressed rar files...
Uses large amounts of resources, plays random sounds, may be more dangerous.
Opened IE to advertisement pages for different products and services periodically
Troija.Generic 36245800-tämä avaa tulee Tiedosto\Windows\Syswow64\M:Sq.exe
It's the MicroTek Scanner executable
  Greg Croxton  

Summary: Average user rating of msc.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks msc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 3 users think msc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving msc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msc. 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 msc.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.

Other processes

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