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 vetmsg.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.
The process known as CA Antivirus Realtime Messaging Service or vetmsg belongs to software CA Internet Security Suite or Computer Associates Antivirus or CA Anti-Virus by CA (www.ca.com) or Computer Associates International (www.ca.com).
Description: Vetmsg.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Vetmsg.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mostly C:\Program Files\ca\etrust ez armor\etrust ez antivirus\.
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 255,216 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 201,840 bytes and 8 more variants.
The program is not visible. The vetmsg.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. It is a file with no information about its developer. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
Recommended: Identify vetmsg.exe related errors
If vetmsg.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 81,920 bytes. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as vetmsg.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the vetmsg.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with vetmsg. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.
To help you analyze the vetmsg.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.