What is msn_sl.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 msn_sl.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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Msn_sl.exe file information

The process known as Windows Live Toolbar Helper or MSN Search Toolbar Helper belongs to software Windows Live Toolbar or MSN Search Toolbar by Microsoft ( or Microsoft Corporation MSN.

Description: Msn_sl.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file msn_sl.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 141,088 bytes (38% of all occurrences), 133,408 bytes, 134,144 bytes or 95,744 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with msn_sl.exe, you can uninstall Windows Live Toolbar or MSN Search Toolbar from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify msn_sl.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msn_sl.exe. Therefore, you should check the msn_sl.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

ich erhalte eine Warnmeldung von Norten:msn_sl.exe versucht eine Interneverbindug herzustellen was nun?
Well it makes ur cpu usage very high and makes all programs unrespond.

Summary: Average user rating of msn_sl.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user suspects danger. One user thinks msn_sl.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving msn_sl issues

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