What is mstsc.exe?
Mstsc.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if mstsc.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.
Mstsc.exe file information
The process known as Remote Desktop Connection belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Sistema operativo Microsoft Windows or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).
Description: The original mstsc.exe from Microsoft is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. mstsc.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32.
Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 677,888 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 407,552 bytes and 5 more variants.
Mstsc.exe is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window. The file is a Microsoft signed file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
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Viruses with the same file name
Is mstsc.exe a virus? No, it is not. The true mstsc.exe file is a safe Microsoft Windows system process, called "Remote Desktop Connection".
However, writers of malware programs, such as viruses, worms, and trojans deliberately give their processes the same file name to escape detection. Viruses with the same file name are for example Mal/Generic-A (detected by Sophos), and Trojan:Win32/Rodecap.A (detected by Microsoft).
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How to recognize suspicious variants? If mstsc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 64% dangerous. The file size is 81,920 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 86,016 bytes, 98,304 bytes, 57,344 bytes or 77,824 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run).
If mstsc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 91,136 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 93,184 bytes, 98,304 bytes or 61,440 bytes. It is a file without information about the developer of this file. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: C:\Windows\win.ini, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). It is not a Windows core file.
If mstsc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 22% dangerous. The file size is 399,872 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 98,304 bytes.
If mstsc.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32\drivers, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 81,920 bytes.
If mstsc.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 98% dangerous. The file size is 89,088 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 81,920 bytes.
Important: Some malware disguises itself as mstsc.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the mstsc.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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