What is msntask.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 msntask.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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Msntask.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msntask
Msntask.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as MSN Task Processor belongs to software MSN Toolbar or Microsoft Live Search Toolbar by Microsoft (

Description: Msntask.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Msntask.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 131,928 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 124,256 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Msntask.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Msntask.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with msntask.exe, you may also uninstall MSN Toolbar or Microsoft Live Search Toolbar software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify msntask.exe related errors

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

msntask.exe is the MSN toolbar in your internet browser. It uses excessive system and memory resources with no corresponding benefit. So if you don't use MSN, then you should disable it to improve overall system performance.

Summary: Average user rating of msntask.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving msntask issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msntask. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the msntask.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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