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What is msmsgs.exe?

Part of Messenger by Microsoft

What is it?

Windows Messenger is a client by Microsoft that is included in Windows. It has a variety of features, such as instant messaging, presence awareness, support for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), file transfer, application sharing and whiteboarding. The software integrates with Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and the Remote Assistance feature of Windows XP.
Description of msmsgs.exe from Microsoft
Share photos and videos while you chat. Video chat in high definition or send a video message to a friend. And connect your social networks to see important updates in one place—Messenger. Have more fun with your friends. Chat face–to–face in high definition (HD) using a webcam,* start a photo slide show, watch online videos, and share links you've discovered on the web. Messenger brings together the most important social updates from across the web to one place so you'll always know when your f
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How does msmsgs.exe run?

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

How does msmsgs.exe start?

Internet Explorer extension - msmsgs.exe has a CLSID (globally unique identifier) of {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683}. Browser extensions allow applications to add functionality to the browser and change the user interface in a way that is not directly related to the viewable content of Web pages.
Startup files (user) run - msmsgs.exe is registered with the run identifier 'MSMSGS' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.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.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.4% of all Boost users have the msmsgs.exe process running.Of the 0.4% of msmsgs.exe users, 13.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is msmsgs.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00009% CPU918.5%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          2.52 MB RAM11.7%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
         12 GDI objects8.0%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\messenger\msmsgs.exe

Are there other versions of Messenger?

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 Messenger.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

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File details

File name: msmsgs.exe
Name: Messenger
Description: Windows Messenger
Version: 4.7.3001
Product version: Version 4.7.3001
Size: 1.62 MB
Original file name: msmsgs.exe

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0004431575%
Privileged CPU: 0.0003513123%
User CPU: 0.00009184514069%
Privileged CPU time: 432510.42 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 48.73 MB
Peak committed memory: 49.52 MB
Paged memory: 2.52 MB
Peak paged memory: 2.55 MB
Paged system memory: 79.84 KB
Non-paged system memory: 4.92 KB
Working set memory: 1.6 MB
Peak working set memory: 6.41 MB
Min working set memory: 910.67 KB
Private memory: 2.52 MB
Page faults: 3,449
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 129
Total read transfer: 66.12 KB
Total write operations: 25
Total write transfer: 95.09 KB
Total other operations: 892
Total other transfer: 61.01 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 12
USER objects: 12
Handle count average: 228
Thread count average: 2
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background

Internet Explorer extension details

Name: -{FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683}

Startup files (user) run details

Command: "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background

Network connectivity

Windows Firewall allowed program: Yes

Image hashes

MD5: 15098f701fe6a63252949f7cfb76d895
SHA-1: 0a7840dcf489663fa8a549c0c921ce531c1e1385

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.63902
File packed: No
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