The genuine MSN.exe file is a software component of MSN Explorer by Microsoft. Adding several features to Microsoft Internet Explorer, MSN Explorer was added to Windows in 2001 with the introduction of Windows XP. MSN Explorer packaged multiple services together including email and messaging on top of the Internet Explorer application.
MsN stands for Microsoft Network
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 MSN.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.
The process known as 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 8/7/XP are 98,816 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 98,304 bytes and 6 more variants.
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 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user 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
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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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with MSN. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 MSN.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.