How to remove the msngr virus

Most antivirus programs identify msngr.exe as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as VirTool:Win32/Injector.gen!Y or Backdoor:Win32/Sdbot, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_INJECTOR_000006f.TOMA or BKDR_BIFROSE.TS.

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Msngr.exe file information

The process known as Setup appears to belong to software Windows Server Management Services or Setup by unknown.

Description: Msngr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file msngr.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,293,824 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 1,258,496 bytes or 198,144 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. The msngr.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. Msngr.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 77% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If msngr.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 100% dangerous. The file size is 720,896 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunServices, MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell). Msngr.exe is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Msngr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

Important: You should check the msngr.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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Summary: Average user rating of msngr.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks msngr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think msngr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving msngr issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active msngr process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the msngr.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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