msdtc.exe file purpose and description:
msdtc.exe is a file that you most likely had arrive as preinstalled software on your PC. The exact disk location is also shown below to verfiy it is not spyware, as many spyware programs use similiar names and just locate them elsewhere on your hard drive. Always check the proper disk location of your programs if you are suspicious. This msdtc.exe file is from Microsoft and is called the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator Service. This first started showing up on my computer on windows 7 and 10. Even if you terminate this msdtc.exe file, the windows system will start it up again, so it makes no sense to try to remove or terminate this task. This file is safe and is not considered to be spyware or virus related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)
Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
This is an executable program.
Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
C:\Windows\System32\msdtc.exe is where you will find this on your disk.
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes.
You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows
"task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active
on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they
get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files
on your computer, for example, msdtc.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very
similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist
as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned.
You can always find the location of msdtc.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but
I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.