Is msmsgs.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of msmsgs.exe:









File purpose and description:

Msmsgs.exe is a software program that most likely came preinstalled on your computer, but you may have also installed this program yourself. The actual disk location is also listed below for this msmsgs.exe program. Make sure the file is not misspelled as spyware writers use similiar spelling on various known spyware modules! This msmsgs.exe software is the Microsoft Messenger (an instant messenging program similiar to AIM Instant Messenger) and by default this will always be on. If you want to turn this off or if you do not use it, simply remove the entry from your startup list, as msmsgs.exe is not required to run at startup. This msmsgs.exe program is considered safe and is not virus or spyware related in any way. (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)
msmsgs.exe

File type:
This is an executable program

File or folder location:
This is located at program files\messenger\msmsgs.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, msmsgs.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 msmsgs.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!