|Short Description||The file belongs to Microsoft Safety Scanner.|
|Symptoms||The file is located in a subfolder of the user’s profile folder.|
|Distribution Method||The .exe process may have been forgotten on the system and may be employed by malware. The program itself expires after 10 days.|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by malware|
|User Experience||Join 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
- Guide 1: How to Remove Msert.exe from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of Msert.exe from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove Msert.exe from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase Msert.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall Msert.exe from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove Msert.exe from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate Msert.exe from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove Msert.exe from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove Msert.exe
Step 2: Uninstall Msert.exe and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by Msert.exe on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by Msert.exe there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of Msert.exe from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall Msert.exe and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove Msert.exe via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove Msert.exe from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase Msert.exe from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall Msert.exe from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove Msert.exe from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the Msert.exe will be removed.
Eliminate Msert.exe from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.