What is msdn.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the msdn.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Msdn.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msdn
Msdn.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Visual Basic Command Line Compiler appears to belong to software Call of Duty - Advanced Warfare or Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2005) by Microsoft (

Description: Msdn.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The msdn.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (normally C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\uTorrent\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,818,944 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 3,672,126 bytes and 4 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. Msdn.exe is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The program is not visible. Msdn.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, but you should also take into account the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with µTorrent or Call of Duty - Advanced Warfare occur, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) look for help on the [1][2] website.

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If msdn.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 20% dangerous. The file size is 1,169,224 bytes. The program has a visible window. The msdn.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. The file has a digital signature. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run). The msdn.exe file is not a Windows core file. Msdn.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name msdn.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Tarcloin.J (detected by Microsoft), and or Trojan.Win32.FakeWarn.pes (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the msdn.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

sendet ab 10 sekunden nach reboot zwischen 2 und 6 kb die Sekunde.
  Jan Conradt  
Trojaner und Netzwerkwurm
help for vb
msnd.exe verbirgt sich und lässt sich schwer wieder löschen.
    (further information)
it's a virus
sofort entfernen

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of msdn.exe: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. One user thinks msdn.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think msdn.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving msdn issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msdn. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the msdn.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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