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What is mswinext.exe?

Part of Bing Bar by Microsoft

What is it?

Bing Bar is a browser extension toolbar for Internet Explorer, developed by Microsoft. Bing Bar incorporates features from Windows Live and from the Bing search engine. The Bing Bar user-interface enables visual effects such as flip, slide and rollover animations, colors and themes. Bing Bar also incorporates Windows Live features such Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live ID.
Description of mswinext.exe from Microsoft
The Bing Toolbar helps you stay connected with friends. Get easy access to Facebook, email, weather and more. earch, connect with Facebook, sign up to earn rewards, and experience other cool features with the new Bing Bar, formerly Bing Toolbar, or MSN Toolbar. You'll get future updates to Bing Bar and other Microsoft products from Microsoft Update. This software may also download and install some updates automatically.
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How does mswinext.exe run?

Process - mswinext.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does mswinext.exe start?

Startup files (all users) run - mswinext.exe is registered with the run identifier 'Bing Bar' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar\Platform\5.0.1449.0\mswinext.exe"' 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.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.5% of all Boost users have the mswinext.exe process running.Of the 0.5% of mswinext.exe users, 12.5% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is mswinext.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00020% CPU1988.9%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
39.45 MB RAM183.2%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 2 /min0.1%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
         14 GDI objects9.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
908 context switches/sec908.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\msn toolbar\platform\5.0.1449.0\mswinext.exe

Are there other versions of Bing Bar?

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 Bing Bar.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

About Microsoft Corp.

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File details

File name: mswinext.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corp. (verified)
Name: Bing Bar
Description: Bing Bar
Version: 6.3.2291.0
Size: 267.26 KB
Original file name: mswinext.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 12/7/2009
Expiration date: 3/7/2011

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0115888702%
Privileged CPU: 0.0113899766%
User CPU: 0.00019889365405%
Privileged CPU time: 1859.38 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 2 ms
Context switches /sec: 908
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 149.08 MB
Peak committed memory: 151.03 MB
Paged memory: 39.45 MB
Peak paged memory: 43.96 MB
Paged system memory: 203.53 KB
Non-paged system memory: 16.62 KB
Working set memory: 2.43 MB
Peak working set memory: 54.46 MB
Min working set memory: 2.31 MB
Private memory: 39.45 MB
Page faults: 25,254
Page faults /min: 28
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 575
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 5.11 MB
Read transfer /min: 5.8 KB
Total write operations: 51
Write operations /min: 1
Total write transfer: 106.88 KB
Write transfer /min: 121 Bytes
Total other operations: 11,858
Other operations /min: 13
Total other transfer: 159.81 KB
Other Transfer /min: 181 Bytes
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 14
USER objects: 23
Handle count average: 646
Thread count average: 19
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar\Platform\6.3.2291.0\mswinext.exe"

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: Bing Bar
Command: "C:\Program Files\MSN Toolbar\Platform\5.0.1449.0\mswinext.exe"

Network connectivity

UDP: LISTENING on port 1283

Image hashes

MD5: 93dfb6e6a81349df184b4ad37ec8cd92
SHA-1: 98d15f519a7919dfab7dbd643f7150b1bd74471c
SHA-256: 69510494f16c5469cfc0521473e196fd9bd3dd648c1b624d0a47de6c65819c37

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
File packed: No
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