What is msgserv.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 msgserv.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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Msgserv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msgserv
Msgserv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process msgserv.exe has no vendor information.

Description: Msgserv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file msgserv.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 89,088 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 75,776 bytes or 81,920 bytes. 
There is no file information. Msgserv.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Msgserv.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If msgserv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 81,920 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 61,440 bytes. There is no file information. Msgserv.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msgserv.exe. Therefore, you should check the msgserv.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 puts information about the state of the IDS from the online.log into the event log
  Frank Klein   (further information)
Part of the IBM Informix database engine application
  Dr David Tonkin   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of msgserv.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think msgserv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving msgserv issues

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