How to remove the mstds virus

Most antivirus programs identify mstds.exe as malware.

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Mstds.exe file information

The process known as Microsoft® Tds Manager or Microsoft® Tds manager appears to belong to software MTDS Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: Mstds.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The mstds.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 204,800 bytes (55% of all occurrences), 74,641 bytes, 24,576 bytes or 21,985 bytes. 
The mstds.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The mstds.exe file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Mstds.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify mstds.exe related errors

Important: You should check the mstds.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

This is a trojan

Summary: Average user rating of mstds.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks mstds.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving mstds issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active mstds process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the mstds.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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