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What is MSN.exe?

MSN.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if MSN.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


MSN.exe file information

The process known as Movie file or IPGateway or Intell Photo Services belongs to software Microsoft® MSN® Communications System or msncom or CamProServer by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) or www.msn.com or ProlientGateway or ProServer.

Description: MSN.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. MSN.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 98,816 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 90,112 bytes and 6 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/msn.exe.html 
There is no file information. MSN.exe is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
If you experience any issues with installation of MSN.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > MSN).

Recommended: Identify MSN.exe related errors

If MSN.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 141,824 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 1,589,248 bytes, 139,264 bytes or 14,848 bytes. There is no description of the program. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Runonce, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). MSN.exe is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. MSN.exe is able to record inputs, monitor applications, hide itself and manipulate other programs.

If MSN.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 110,592 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 90,112 bytes or 122,880 bytes. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Runonce, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). MSN.exe is not a Windows system file. MSN.exe is able to record inputs, hide itself and monitor applications.

If MSN.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 75% dangerous. The file size is 32,247 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,097,728 bytes, 413,696 bytes or 30,720 bytes.

If MSN.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 237,568 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 470,528 bytes.

If MSN.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 207,297 bytes.

If MSN.exe is located in C:\, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 162,304 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:

  • "MSN" definitely not required. Added by the MINIT WORM!

Important: Some malware also uses the file name MSN.exe, for example TROJ_SPNR.0BFT11 or WORM_SILLY.DT (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan-Spy.Win32.WinSpy.aal or Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.ain (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the MSN.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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User Comments

This is the main file of Flita virus. It uses removable media to spread and can severely damage the system. You have to delete this executable immediately. It can be found in folder C:\Windows\System. File msn.exe is related to trojan Cosol Trojan.
  Imthiyas  
It is an excellent browser
  Undisclosed  
I had it as my email service but lost access when MSN upgraded. I have now upgraded my Windows XP but still cannot gain access to my MSN mailbox. I love the browser and the mail service, but my experience of the last two weeks tells me their customer service is non-existent
  Linda  
It's running in our company and infects systems over network share with an trojan
  Marcel  
It's part of the Verizon with MSN Premium package
  Longtime MSN user  
It is the main program file for the popular MSN Explorer. It can be used to directly access the Address Book, or the Mail Composer of the MSN client, and even the Calendar and Favorites Manager.
  Jane   (further information)
it uses my CPU 100% after a while. I saw it like a process in task manager but I didn't located as a program on the hard drive. After stopping the process the computer apparentlly works normal.
  Geo  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of MSN.exe: based on 11 votes with 7 user comments.
3 users think MSN.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 3 users think MSN.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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