What is FacebookMessenger.exe?

The genuine FacebookMessenger.exe file is a software component of Facebook Messenger by Facebook.
FacebookMessenger.exe is an executable file that runs the Facebook Messenger for Windows, a freeware application that lets users chat with anyone on their Facebook friends list and receive notifications without the need to login to Facebook. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Facebook is an online social network that was founded on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, a student at Harvard University. Initial registrations for the website were limited to students of Harvard, but eventually grew to include colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. Today, anyone above 13 years of age can register for a profile on the website. Facebook received a billion users by the end of September 2012. By that time, the website was accumulating approximately half a petabyte of data every day, which meant up to 180 petabytes per year. After the company went public, Facebook reached a peak market capitalization of $104 billion. The website ranks 2nd on, a website that provides commercial web traffic data.

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 FacebookMessenger.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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FacebookMessenger.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with FacebookMessenger
FacebookMessenger.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Facebook Messenger (version 2.0.4447.0) belongs to software Facebook Messenger by Facebook.

Description: FacebookMessenger.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The FacebookMessenger.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 248,240 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 247,728 bytes or 200,704 bytes. 
It is a Verisign signed file. The file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: User Shell Folders). FacebookMessenger.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Facebook Messenger) or contact to assist you.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as FacebookMessenger.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the FacebookMessenger.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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Best practices for resolving FacebookMessenger issues

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

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