What is msgsrv32.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 msgsrv32.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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Msgsrv32.exe file information

The process has no vendor information.

Description: Msgsrv32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file msgsrv32.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 565,248 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). The msgsrv32.exe file is not a Windows core file. Msgsrv32.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msgsrv32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the msgsrv32.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

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Ich hatte eine CPU Auslastung von 96% bei dieser Datei. Vermutlich weil ein Programm im Hintergrund gestartet wurde aber nicht ausgeführt war. Also war immer am laden !! Ansonsten Harmlos
A necessary windows file.
  Dave Young   (further information)
Is it normal this file to be showed as a support for the CPU cooler utility? ...Not very relevant to everything I found about it.....Any suggestions?

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Summary: Average user rating of msgsrv32.exe: based on 7 votes with 4 user comments. 5 users think msgsrv32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving msgsrv32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msgsrv32. 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 msgsrv32.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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