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What is msseces.exe?

Part of Microsoft Security Essentials 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 64-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 'MSSE' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Essentials\msseces.exe" -hide' 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 0.2% of all Boost users have the msseces.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of msseces.exe users, 29.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is msseces.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00209% CPU20929.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
7.73 MB RAM35.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 11 /min0.5%
Average I/O read and write operations for all programs is 2,253 per minute.
161 GDI objects107.3%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
          26 context switches/sec26.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\microsoft security essentials\msseces.exe

Are there other versions of Microsoft Security Essentials?

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 Essentials.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (6.0.6002.131072)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7600.0)
Windows 7 Home Basic (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium (6.1.7601.65536)
Windows 7 Home Premium N (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: msseces.exe
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation (verified)
Name: Microsoft Security Essentials
Description: Microsoft Security Essentials User Interface
Version: 4.2.0223.0
Size: 1.22 MB
Original file name: msseces.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: Microsoft Corporation
Effective date: 7/13/2009
Expiration date: 10/13/2010

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0032794417%
Privileged CPU: 0.0011865369%
User CPU: 0.00209290478064%
Privileged CPU time: 9498724.02 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 2,390 ms
CPU cycle count: 513,710,643
CPU cycle count /min: 33,435,982
Context switches /sec: 26
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 115.9 MB
Peak committed memory: 124.34 MB
Paged memory: 7.73 MB
Peak paged memory: 9.47 MB
Paged system memory: 219.9 KB
Non-paged system memory: 20.47 KB
Working set memory: 11.29 MB
Peak working set memory: 18.27 MB
Min working set memory: 9.95 MB
Private memory: 7.73 MB
Page faults: 38,108
Page faults /min: 103
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 117
Read operations /min: 1
Total read transfer: 138.99 KB
Read transfer /min: 22 Bytes
Total write operations: 1,853
Write operations /min: 10
Total write transfer: 14.44 MB
Write transfer /min: 69.64 KB
Total other operations: 2,514
Other operations /min: 7
Total other transfer: 3.87 MB
Other Transfer /min: 22.6 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 161
Peak GDI objects: 166
USER objects: 84
Peak USER objects: 83
Handle count average: 282
Thread count average: 5
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 64-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" /UpdateAndQuickScan /OpenWebPageOnClose

Startup files (all users) run details

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

Image hashes

MD5: 3911917b93dd9023daa8258147aa7bcf
SHA-1: be7bd2352ec09bc29c7a2ee26dd6a673475350bd
SHA-256: 490542572acee2ee3a7e5905f0564e4ded2da1116575e951ba7262ba5c495417

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File entropy: 6.24204
File packed: No
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