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What is msnmsgr.exe?

Part of Windows Live Messenger by Microsoft

What is it?

Windows Live Messenger (formerly named MSN Messenger) is an instant messaging client. Windows Live Messenger uses the Microsoft Notification Protocol (MSNP) over TCP (and optionally over HTTP to deal with proxies) to connect to Microsoft Messenger service
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How does msnmsgr.exe run?

Process - msnmsgr.exe is an instance of a running program. This 64-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. msnmsgr.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does msnmsgr.exe start?

Startup files (user) run - msnmsgr.exe is registered with the run identifier 'msnmsgr' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background' in the Windows registry HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when a user logs into Windows.

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What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the msnmsgr.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of msnmsgr.exe users, 20.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is msnmsgr.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00148% CPU14774.6%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
13.47 MB RAM62.5%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 12 /min0.5%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
              43 GDI objects28.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\windows live\messenger\msnmsgr.exe

Are there other versions of Windows Live Messenger?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Pro (6.2.9200.0)

About Microsoft Corporation

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File details

File name: msnmsgr.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Windows Live Messenger
Description: Windows Live Messenger
Version: 16.4.3508.0205
Size: 4.07 MB
Original file name: msnmsgr.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date: 3/7/2011

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0051949348%
Privileged CPU: 0.0037174762%
User CPU: 0.00147745850844%
Privileged CPU time: 312 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 45 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,051,821,841
CPU cycle count /min: 151,904,203
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 220.58 MB
Peak committed memory: 227.63 MB
Paged memory: 13.47 MB
Peak paged memory: 13.84 MB
Paged system memory: 403.52 KB
Non-paged system memory: 38.44 KB
Working set memory: 28.57 MB
Peak working set memory: 28.6 MB
Min working set memory: 28.33 MB
Private memory: 13.47 MB
Page faults: 10,628
Page faults /min: 1,535
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 75
Read operations /min: 11
Total read transfer: 127.75 KB
Read transfer /min: 18.45 KB
Total write operations: 1
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 4 KB
Write transfer /min: 592 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,840
Other operations /min: 266
Total other transfer: 14.74 KB
Other Transfer /min: 2.13 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 43
Peak GDI objects: 47
USER objects: 67
Peak USER objects: 70
Resources
Handle count average: 515
Thread count average: 22
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Medium
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background

Startup files (user) run details

Name: msnmsgr
Command: "C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background

Network connectivity

Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 42cec6b2c91b153832e88b29741553d7
SHA-1: 6d81ad3fb5e37d366d39c4fe91683aaccd848691

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++ 8.0
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
comctl32.dll
crypt32.dll
gdi32.dll
gdiplus.dll
imm32.dll
iphlpapi.dll
kernel32.dll
livenattrav.dll
livetransport.dll
msacm32.dll
msvcr110.dll
msvcr80.dll
msvcr90.dll
netapi32.dll
ole32.dll
presenceim.dll
rpcrt4.dll
setupapi.dll
shareanything.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
urlmon.dll
user32.dll
usp10.dll
uxcontacts.dll
uxcore.dll
uxctl.dll
uxtheme.dll
version.dll
wer.dll
wininet.dll
winmm.dll
wldlog.dll
wlidux.dll
ws2_32.dll
wtsapi32.dll
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