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What is MpCmdRun.exe?

Part of Microsoft Malware Protection by Microsoft

What is it?

You can use this tool to automate and troubleshoot Microsoft Antimalware Service. So for instance if you wish to do a quick scan from the command line, you can use -Scan 1 parameter. Microsoft Security Essentials is efficient and compact. Scans and updates are scheduled to run when the PC is idle and the software works in a way that your PC is still snappy when you’re using it.
Description of mpcmdrun.exe from Microsoft
Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free* download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and is automatically updated to protect your PC with the latest technology. Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without inte
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How does mpcmdrun.exe run?

Process - MpCmdRun.exe is an instance of a running program. This program executes under the NETWORK SERVICE account within Windows with minimum privileges on the local computer and acts as the computer on the network. MpCmdRun.exe is executed by the process msmpeng.exe (Microsoft Malware Protection by Microsoft).

How does mpcmdrun.exe start?

Scheduled task - MpCmdRun.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\Microsoft\Microsoft Antimalware\MpIdleTask'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the mpcmdrun.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of mpcmdrun.exe users, 16.7% have disabled it.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\microsoft security essentials\mpcmdrun.exe

Are there other versions of Microsoft Malware Protection?

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601.65536)

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File details

File name: MpCmdRun.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Microsoft Malware Protection
Description: Microsoft Malware Protection Command Line Utility
Version: 4.5.0216.0
Size: 343.77 KB
Original file name: MpCmdRun.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 10/22/2008
Expiration date: 1/22/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.2135679744%
Privileged CPU: 0.1749520399%
User CPU: 0.03861593447302%
Memory utilization averages
Min working set memory: 0 Bytes

Process details

Runs as (owner): Network Service
Windows platform: 64-bit
Parent Process
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MpCmdRun.exe" -UploadSQM -RestrictPrivileges -Reinvoke
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MpCmdRun.exe" SignaturesUpdateService -ScheduleJob -UnmanagedUpdate
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MpCmdRun.exe" SignatureUpdate -ScheduleJob -RestrictPrivileges -Reinvoke

Scheduled task details

Name: MP Scheduled Scan
Command: \Microsoft\Windows Defender\MP Scheduled Scan

Image hashes

MD5: 3234c4240fcda7fc5930bbaa218a12aa
SHA-1: 21e68215b2b243da4e529c9877f31516f23170f1

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.17284
File packed: No
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