Is msiexec.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of msiexec.exe:









msiexec.exe file purpose and description:

The windows task msiexec.exe is a software program (software app) which was most likely on your computer without you attempting to even install it. The disk location for this msiexec.exe file is listed at the bottom. You should always double check where the task is located or at least what folder the task is found, as it is sometimes common for virus creators to use similiar named files or just locate them in other folders with the hope of fooling you into thinking its a good file. This msiexec.exe task is a software program that wil become active when you attempt to install software on your computer. You will see it in your tasklist as it becomes active during software installs, then disappears from your tasklist once the installation is complete. You may see other installation tasks running as part of this. This msiexec.exe file is considered safe, and is not a virus, adware, or spyware related software task. (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 file will be found at: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\msiexec.exe and C:\Windows\System32\msiexec.exe You may also find C:\Windows\SysWOW64\en-US\msiexec.exe.mui which is normal.


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!