What is MsgPlus.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 MsgPlus.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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MsgPlus.exe file information

The process known as Messenger Plus belongs to software Messenger Plus (version 3, 3 & Sponsor) by Patchou (

Description: MsgPlus.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The MsgPlus.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\Messenger Plus! 3\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 190,024 bytes (91% of all occurrences) or 185,480 bytes. 
MsgPlus.exe is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). MsgPlus.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program is not visible. MsgPlus.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with MsgPlus.exe, you might want to uninstall the software Messenger Plus! 3 or Messenger Plus! 3 & Sponsor using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

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

Messenger Plus Addon
  SSigurdarson   (further information)
Add on for MSN Messenger. Runs in the background to check if MSN Messenger starts.
MSN Messenger Addon - NEVER install the sponsors when you update, when you do deinstall and reinstaal without sponsors
  Eric Lankreijer   (further information)
Well, i've rated Messenger Plus as Dangerous not because of the software itself but because there are some websites wich have the MsgPlus320-exe download infected with the " ". I know cause i got one! It was Kaspersky wich caught the Trojan in file "MsgPlusSetupFile-B.tmp" before doing some damage. The strange thing is that i've downloaded the infected file from MsgPlus's home website! . So, be aware!!
More info: msgplus.exe is distributed as a third party MSN extention. However is also spyware. This process monitors your browsing habbits and distributes the data back to the author's servers for analyses. This also prompts advertising popups, hides banner ads and adds archiving and other useful features. Appears not to work unless checked, but may be activated after startup. Not recommended as it includes program is a registered security risk and should be remove immediatly.
  Parsifal   (further information)
this file itself is not dangerious but contains very dangerious SPYWARE products in at not to mention trojans etc i just installed it on my system and lots of spyware things appered one i uninstalled this it went away
This file is not dangerous if you read the stuff properly and install it without the sponsor program. It gives you CLEAR instructions to agree or disagree to installing the sponsor program. I know many people just click agree and next automatically, you shouldn't for this. You should click "I disagree, install wihout the sponsor" or whatever it says.
  Ewan   (further information)
Its not dangerous one bit, dont install sponsors and your fine, have a firewall :)
msn messenger plug in
It is part of MSN Messenger Plus an addon for Messenger. Do not however agree to the sponsor as it will add spyware.
  Sean A. Turvey U.E.   (further information)
An add-on for MSN Messenger. Harmless if you install WITHOUT the sponsers.
No es peligroso :)
its all good as long as you !DONT! install the sponsers major spyware and tronjon if you do! trust me i should know
Add on for MSN Messenger
this is a GREAT program, althought never download form any site other then the offical msgplus! site(see link). every one that says its a virus or spyware is wrong, they're just noovs
  Nitemare   (further information)
Do not install the sponsers. Other wise it should be ok.
Not only does it come with the 'sponsor' spyware, but also the security in the 'New' functions leaves much room for improvements. In itself it isn't really dangerous however, what it can download and run on your computer without your agreement is a big risk, especially since it's such a wideused addon.
Messenger Plus is an AddOnn for WIndows Live Messenger. It has some useful features, but after I installed it, my webcam didn't work properly with Windows Live anymore. I'll deinstall it and let you know if it gets better.
  King Mob  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of MsgPlus.exe: based on 26 votes with 18 user comments. 13 users think MsgPlus.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 7 users think MsgPlus.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving MsgPlus issues

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