Is msiexec.exe safe or is this malware?



Purpose of msiexec.exe:









msiexec.exe file purpose and description:

The file msiexec.exe is a software task which would typically not be something you downloaded and installed yourself and it can appear on your windows computer without you knowing. The actual hard drive disk location for this msiexec.exe program is shown below. It's good to double check the disk location just because a virus or malware sometimes use the same names so you don't recognize it as a rogue software program, so we always try to list the actual folder location for you. This file is part of Microsoft Windows and its needed when installing new software or upgrading software versions on your PC. The name of this module is Windows Installer and this task will show in your ctrl-alt-del processes list occasionally. This task is considered a safe file and is not virus or malware related software. (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)
msiexec.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
This msiexec.exe task will be found on your windows computer at C:\Windows\System32\msiexec.exe


General information:
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, msiexec.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 msiexec.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.

Jump to the entire processes list here!