Most antivirus programs identify mstsdsc.exe as malware—e.g. Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Hupigon.CN, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_PROXY.SMX or TROJ_CIMUZ.GU.
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Description: Mstsdsc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Mstsdsc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 176,128 bytes (54% of all occurrences), 91,136 bytes and 4 more variants.
The program is not visible. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Mstsdsc.exe is not a Windows system file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Mstsdsc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 92% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
Recommended: Identify mstsdsc.exe related errors
Important: You should check the mstsdsc.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.
The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active mstsdsc process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the mstsdsc.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.