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What is Msert.exe? Microsoft Safety Scanner Uninstallation

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TypeExecutable File
Short DescriptionThe file belongs to Microsoft Safety Scanner.
SymptomsThe file is located in a subfolder of the user’s profile folder.
Distribution MethodThe .exe process may have been forgotten on the system and may be employed by malware. The program itself expires after 10 days.
Detection ToolDownload Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Msert.exe
User ExperienceJoin our forum to follow the discussion about Msert.exe.

What Is an Executable File and Can It Be Dangerous?


As you already know, an .exe extension indicates an executable file. Some .exe files are very essential to the operating system, and others are not. What is more, certain processes can even harm the system, because they are somehow related to malware or exploited by it. It is always important to examine .exe files that you’re not acquainted with and suspect in being modified by malicious software. Hence, if you have located Msert.exe in your system and believe it may be harmful to your PC, you should proceed towards identifying the problem.

Msert.exe File and Software Specifications

The process is known as Microsoft Support Emergency Response Tool or Microsoft Safety Scanner. Microsoft Safety Scanner runs on computers with 32-bit or 64-bit editions of Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Vista or XP. The user must be logged on as a member of the Administrators group to run the scanner. It will scan the computer whether it was started in normal or safe mode.

It belongs to the software called Microsoft Anti-Malware Signature. According to answers.microsoft.com, the program expires 10 days after it is downloaded. To run the program, the user will have to re-download it.

Process Description and Location

Even though Msert.exe is associated with Microsoft Support Emergency Response Tool, it is not essential to Windows and may cause issues on the operating system.

The msert.exe file is found in a subfolder of the user’s profile folder. According to File.net, the file size on Windows 7 and Windows XP is 13,179,660 bytes.

The file is digitally signed but is not classified as a Windows core file. Moreover, the executable can monitor applications and affect the performance of other programs. Some security researchers may even go further and define it as dangerous.

How Can I Uninstall Msert.exe?

The file can be uninstalled. For that purpose, Microsoft Anti-Malware Signature Package has to be removed. Go to Control Panel – Programs and uninstall it.

Important Security Note

As already mentioned, the .exe file is not essential to the Windows system and may have been affected by ill-intended software. Because of its location – a subfolder of “C:\Program Files” – the file can be dangerous. Furthermore, research indicates that malware such as a Trojan horse can camouflage itself as msert.exe, especially if it is located in C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Thus, to be completely sure that the system is not infected, a full system scan is highly recommended.

Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter


Milena Dimitrova

An inspired writer and content manager who has been with SensorsTechForum for 4 years. Enjoys ‘Mr. Robot’ and fears ‘1984’. Focused on user privacy and malware development, she strongly believes in a world where cybersecurity plays a central role. If common sense makes no sense, she will be there to take notes. Those notes may later turn into articles!

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