Is msn.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of msn.exe:









File purpose and description:

Msn.exe is a file which would have been installed by you and would not have ever arrived as preinstalled software on the computer. The actual hard drive folder is also listed below, always verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware, adware, or virus related and simply placed elsewhere on your computer, and using the same name in an attempt to fool you. This Msn.exe software file is from Microsoft, and was originally known as the msn explorer and also a version of MSN messenger back before the name became live messenger. This was simply an all in one free utility program simliar to the free AOL client program which anyone can use today. Both contained email software, IM and news and shopping information all in one handy interface. However there has also been trojans and virus programs that have copied this msn.exe name. If you have this running and do not have the MSN client software installed that you are using, then you may have the virus or trojan version. This software is considered safe, and is not considered trojan, spyware, or virus related software ... however keep in mind that there are trojans that have copied this name and can be installed in various random locations. (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)
msn.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
The file location can be many random entries.


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, msn.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 msn.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!