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What is mshta.exe?

Part of Windows® Internet Explorer by Microsoft

Description of mshta.exe from Microsoft
Microsoft® HTML Help is the standard help system for the Windows platform. Authors can use HTML Help to create online help for a software application or to create content for a multimedia title or Web site. Developers can use the HTML Help API to program a host application or hook up context-sensitive help to an application. As an information delivery system, HTML Help is suited for a wide range of applications, including training guides, interactive books, and electronic newsletters, as well as
(mshta.exe is a system file that is installed with Windows)
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How does mshta.exe run?

Process - mshta.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does mshta.exe start?

Shell open command - mshta.exe is typically associtated with identifier name of htafile with and identifier of C:\Windows\System32\mshta.exe "%1" %*. A Shell Open Command allows for an association of a file extension and a program. This association allows an application to be run when the icon or a context menu item is clicked upon in the Windows Explorer window.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.1% of all Boost users have the mshta.exe process running.Of the 0.1% of mshta.exe users, less than 1% have disabled it.
How stable is Windows® Internet Explorer?
Based on crash data discovered by Boost, stability is a measure of how sound this particular process and the average percent of times it crashes.
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is mshta.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.20869% CPU2086875.3%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
11.29 MB RAM52.4%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
     48 /min2.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
              24 GDI objects16.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:

Are there other versions of Windows® Internet Explorer?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What else is related?

Windows® Internet Explorer Stability

mshta.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
Error: R\OL0\PbkW0~0W0_0 (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 3 months ago
Error: Dej de responder y se cerr (AppHangB1)
Details: Este programa dej� de interactuar con Windows por un problema.
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Business (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Basic (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Home Basic (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Starter (6.1.7600.0)

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File details

File name: mshta.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows® Internet Explorer
Description: Microsoft (R) HTML Application host
Version: 9.00.8112.16421 (WIN7_IE9_RTM.110308-0330)
Product version: 9.00.8112.16421
Size: 11.5 KB
Original file name: MSHTA.EXE.MUI
Windows file protection: Yes

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.4173750555%
Privileged CPU: 0.2086875278%
User CPU: 0.20868752776119%
Privileged CPU time: 327.6 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 118 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,124,799,284
CPU cycle count /min: 405,652,737
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 152.26 MB
Peak committed memory: 155.57 MB
Paged memory: 11.29 MB
Peak paged memory: 11.61 MB
Paged system memory: 261.91 KB
Non-paged system memory: 17.96 KB
Working set memory: 27.52 MB
Peak working set memory: 27.87 MB
Min working set memory: 27.46 MB
Private memory: 11.29 MB
Page faults: 8,406
Page faults /min: 3,032
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 93
Read operations /min: 34
Total read transfer: 255.33 KB
Read transfer /min: 92.08 KB
Total write operations: 38
Write operations /min: 14
Total write transfer: 122.02 KB
Write transfer /min: 44.01 KB
Total other operations: 1,738
Other operations /min: 627
Total other transfer: 130.87 KB
Other Transfer /min: 47.2 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 24
USER objects: 15
Handle count average: 258
Thread count average: 8
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Process Command
"C:\Windows\SysWOW64\mshta.exe" "C:\hp\bin\msoffice\trial.hta"

Shell open command details

Name: htafile
Command: C:\Windows\System32\mshta.exe "%1" %*

Image hashes

MD5: 061cbb1058a10c0875d18caff835ae97
SHA-1: 95f25c259e7a921a075f83c9e1da9f45669e9a01
SHA-256: 4cd8d978a9dafaf8ca5586979ef8b899a2783ac6c004860ab4bf7f313404334e

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 4.67993
File packed: No
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