Is msnmsgr.exe safe or is this malware?

Purpose of msnmsgr.exe:

msnmsgr.exe file purpose and description:

MsnMsgr.Exe is a file that could have been installed by you or simply arrived on your computer when you purchased it. The proper disk location for this file is listed below. This program is the core component and part of the MSN messenger program that comes on all Windows systems. This msnmsgr.exe file is the Microsoft Messenger (an instant messenging program similiar to AIM Instant Messenger which includes chat, webcam chat, sound capabilities and more, all similiar features to those offered by AIM instant messenger). Unless you have disabled Microsoft instant messenger, you will see this in your task list. If you want to turn this off or if you use AIM instead, simply remove the entry from your startup list. (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)

File type:
This is an executable program

Where is the file or folder located on my computer?
The location of this file will be at C:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\MsnMsgr.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, msnmsgr.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 msnmsgr.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!