What is MsDepSvc.exe?

The genuine MsDepSvc.exe file is a software component of Microsoft IIS Extensions by Microsoft.
This agent is used by the Microsoft Web Deploy software to act as a synchronization tool between IIS servers. Web Deploy also allows for the deployment of IIS upgrades. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

MsDepSvc stands for Microsoft Web Deployment Agent Service

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 MsDepSvc.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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MsDepSvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with MsDepSvc
MsDepSvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Web Deployment Agent Service belongs to software Microsoft IIS Extensions or Microsoft Web Platform Extensions by Microsoft (

Description: MsDepSvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. MsDepSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 67,400 bytes (61% of all occurrences), 80,472 bytes or 55,176 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is digitally signed. MsDepSvc.exe is not a Windows core file. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to look for help on the website or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMicrosoft Web Deploy or Web Deployment Tool.

Recommended: Identify MsDepSvc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as MsDepSvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the MsDepSvc.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 MsDepSvc issues

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