What is mspdbsrv.exe?

The genuine mspdbsrv.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Visual Studio by Microsoft.
Mspdbsrv.exe is a program used by Visual Studio to generate the symbols (PDB files). Requests related to creating, accessing or writing to PDB files are handled by mspdbsrv.exe. Microsoft Visual Studio is an IDE (integrated development environment) built by Microsoft. It is used to develop computer programs for Microsoft Windows, as well as web sites, web applications and web services. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen and quickly rose to prominence following the launch of their popular operating system, MS-DOS, for early personally computers. Today Microsoft develops many different products such as computer software, consumer electronics, personal computers and services.

MsPDbSrv stands for Microsoft® Program Database Service

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 mspdbsrv.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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Mspdbsrv.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft® Program Database belongs to software Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2005) or Microsoft SQL Server (version 2005 Tools) by Microsoft (

Description: Mspdbsrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mspdbsrv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 113,928 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 112,832 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is digitally signed. Mspdbsrv.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with mspdbsrv.exe, you could also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramMicrosoft Visual Studio 2005 or Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Tools.

Recommended: Identify mspdbsrv.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as mspdbsrv.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mspdbsrv.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

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mspdbsrv.exe is part of Visual Studio. The Visual Studio uses MSPDBSRV.exe to generate the symbols (PDB files). All the requests related to creating, accessing or writing to PDB files are handled by mspdbsrv.exe. When a process issues a PDB request and mspdbsrv.exe is not alive, that process will spawn mspdbsrv.exe; but if mspdbsrv.exe is already alive, the living mspdbsrv.exe process will be used and no new process of mspdbsrv.exe will be spawned.
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Summary: Average user rating of mspdbsrv.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think mspdbsrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving mspdbsrv issues

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