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What is msswchx.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 msswchx.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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Msswchx.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msswchx
Msswchx.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as msswchx belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Msswchx.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. Msswchx.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 6,656 bytes (98% of all occurrences) or 10,240 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/msswchx.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. It is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 9% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If msswchx.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 54,272 bytes. The program is not visible. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The msswchx.exe file is not a Windows system file. Msswchx.exe is able to hide itself.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as msswchx.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the msswchx.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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User Comments

it's part of the "On-Screen Keyboard" utility.
  Kangol  
Microsoft On-Screen Keyboard program
  James Small   (further information)
msswchx.exe is the on-screen keyboard for windows.
  Lord Austin  
Osk.exe is the on-screen keyboard ;)
  iam  
part of On-Screen Keyboard (osk.exe)
  uss  
It is an exe activated by ms-on-screen-keyboard, it keeps running while the on-screen-keyboard runs, to keep it not activated while clicking on top of other programs, it also keeps it on-top of other windows, if you are developer you would understand better if I say the main exe of onscreen keyboard is delegating the background action the secondary exe, that uses "send messages" system. the reason for all the fuss is that msswchx is poorly signed and described.
  EladKarako  
It can block COM ports on some PCs
  Daniel V  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of msswchx.exe: based on 11 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think msswchx.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks msswchx.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving msswchx issues

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