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What is msseces.exe?

Part of Microsoft Security Client by Microsoft

What is it?

Msseces.exe is the front-end GUI of MSE(Microsoft Security Essentials). If you have installed the latest antivirus from Microsoft, then this process keeps the program’s graphical interface running. Even if you end this process, MSE(Microsoft Security Essentials) will keep running in Windows background and will not actually shutdown. The downside would be that it will not be able to alert you of any new threat. If you are running MSE, then you should not worry about this process since it is not s
Description of msseces.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 msseces.exe run?

Process - msseces.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. msseces.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does msseces.exe start?

Startup files (all users) run - msseces.exe is registered with the run identifier 'MSC' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.
Scheduled task - msseces.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\{FA1ECE8C-686C-4C4E-A496-4B5D3AFA1040}'. 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.

Community

What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the msseces.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of msseces.exe users, 33.0% have disabled it.
How stable is Microsoft Security Client?
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.
     msseces.exe0.03%
Typical program1.26%
How resource intensive is msseces.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00282% CPU28244.7%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
6.47 MB RAM30.1%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 4 /min0.2%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
158 GDI objects105.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     8 context switches/sec8.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\microsoft security client\msseces.exe

Are there other versions of Microsoft Security Client?

Why are multiple of the same versions listed?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by Microsoft Security Client.

What programs install msseces.exe?

Microsoft Security Essentials by Microsoft Corporation - Microsoft Security Essentials is an antivirus software product that provides protection against different types of malware such as computer viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojan horses. It runs on Windows XP, Windows Vis
Program URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=195291&mkt=en-us
Install path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client
Size: 21.86 MB
Microsoft Security Client by Microsoft Corporation - Microsoft Security Client for Microsoft Security Essentials is an antivirus software product that provides protection against different types of malware such as computer viruses, spyware, rootkits and Trojan horses. Buil
Install path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\
System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection by Microsoft Corporation
Program URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=225780&mkt=es-es
Program help URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=225780&mkt=en-us
Install path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client
Size: 21.98 MB
Windows Intune Endpoint Protection by Microsoft Corporation
Program URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206391&mkt=en-us
Install path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client
Size: 22.1 MB
Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection by Microsoft Corporation - Microsoft Forefront is a family of line-of-business security software that are designed to help protect computer networks, network servers (such as Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server) and individu
Program URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=195301&mkt=en-us
Install path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client
Size: 28.04 MB
Microsoft Security Essentials Prerelease by Microsoft Corporation - The Microsoft Security Essentials Prerelease program allows users to run the latest & greatest versions of Security Essentials before they are publicy available.
Program URL: go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=228940&mkt=en-us
Install path: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client
Size: 25.56 MB

What else is related?

Microsoft Security Client Stability

msseces.exe crashes or has encountered a critical error 0.8900% of the time.
1.  
Error: MSSecurityClient (MSSecurityClient)
Occurred: over 3 months ago
2.  
Error:    (BEX)
Occurred: over 6 months ago
3.  
Error:    (APPCRASH)
Occurred: over 6 months ago

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.131072)
Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6001.65536)
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 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Enterprise (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Professional (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Starter (6.1.7601.65536)

About Microsoft Corporation

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File details

File name: msseces.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Microsoft Security Client
Description: Microsoft Security Client User Interface
Version: 4.2.0223.0
Size: 924.95 KB
Original file name: msseces.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Expiration date: 10/26/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0055525905%
Privileged CPU: 0.0027281201%
User CPU: 0.00282447044101%
Privileged CPU time: 419116.02 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 56 ms
CPU cycle count: 784,337,265
CPU cycle count /min: 7,471,583
Context switches /sec: 8
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 77.71 MB
Peak committed memory: 81.3 MB
Paged memory: 6.47 MB
Peak paged memory: 7.88 MB
Paged system memory: 121.62 KB
Non-paged system memory: 9.07 KB
Working set memory: 6.86 MB
Peak working set memory: 13.11 MB
Min working set memory: 6.14 MB
Private memory: 6.47 MB
Page faults: 23,224
Page faults /min: 49
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 67
Read operations /min: 2
Total read transfer: 179.65 KB
Read transfer /min: 1.52 KB
Total write operations: 36
Write operations /min: 2
Total write transfer: 6.79 KB
Write transfer /min: 126 Bytes
Total other operations: 1,067
Other operations /min: 11
Total other transfer: 32.6 KB
Other Transfer /min: 364 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 158
Peak GDI objects: 182
USER objects: 80
Peak USER objects: 93
Resources
Handle count average: 269
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages
ntdll.dll
gdiplus.dll
ntdll.dll
gdiplus.dll
gdiplus.dll
userenv.dll
gdiplus.dll
gdiplus.dll
ntdll.dll

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
System Tray: Yes
Parent Processes
Process Commands
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe"
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey
/hide
"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: MSC
Command: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe" -hide -runkey

Scheduled task details

CLSID: {78A60C3B-CF1D-45F5-8EC3-1E561BEF8399}
Command: \{78A60C3B-CF1D-45F5-8EC3-1E561BEF8399}

Image hashes

MD5: 4d2f7561d8a840450aabfad3740b0e6b
SHA-1: b848520bd1adecfad3c5e232aef9a53155473cf7
SHA-256: 10d26337de49df55fce83e0a7973a53d895b68917940ba8cfbc39d01ec575ca5

PE image details

CLR assembly: Yes
CLR NGENed: No
Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C# / Basic .NET
File packed: No
Import Table
advapi32.dll
comctl32.dll
comdlg32.dll
crypt32.dll
gdi32.dll
gdiplus.dll
kernel32.dll
mpclient.dll
msvcrt.dll
ole32.dll
psapi.dll
shell32.dll
shlwapi.dll
sqmapi.dll
user32.dll
userenv.dll
version.dll
wininet.dll
wintrust.dll
wtsapi32.dll
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