What is msfeedssync.exe?

The genuine msfeedssync.exe file is a software component of Internet Explorer by Microsoft.
Internet Explorer is a graphical web browser developed by Microsoft. Msfeedssync.exe runs the Microsoft Feeds Synchronization task to update the RSS feeds in Internet Explorer, and does not pose a threat to your PC.

Developed by Microsoft and first released in 1995 is a series of graphical web browsers that are included with Windows range of operating systems. Formerly known as Windows Internet Explorer and Microsoft Internet Explorer, this browser was once one of the most widely used web browsers, and is compatible with leading OS platforms including Mac and Unix. Internet Explorer was replaced by Microsoft Edge in all Windows 10 devices, but is still available on Windows 10 mostly for enterprise purposes.

The Microsoft Corporation is renowned globally for several different innovative products such as the surface series of tablets, Windows range of operating systems and Xbox game consoles. The company was slated as the world's largest software maker by revenue and most valuable brands in 2016, and has made some big acquisitions over the years including Skype Technologies, LinkedIn and Nokia's devices and services division.

MsFeedsSync stands for Microsoft Feeds Synchronization

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 msfeedssync.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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Msfeedssync.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msfeedssync
Msfeedssync.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft Feeds Synchronization belongs to software Windows Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer by Microsoft (

Description: Msfeedssync.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The msfeedssync.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,312 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 13,824 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The msfeedssync.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msfeedssync.exe, for example Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.Windef.qfn (detected by Kaspersky), and Worm:Win32/Ainslot.A (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the msfeedssync.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

My computer crashed and I fitted the HD to a net one. Thereafter I get the Microsoft Feed SYnchronization error repeatedly.
Only that it is a nuisance interrupting my sessions.
its used for windows activation - ie new license keys. Hard to bypass when you cant log on or dont have the original key
Microsoft Feeds Synchronization task found on PCs with Internet Explorer 7 and which automatic RSS Feeds synchronization turned ON. This task starts up at the intervals specified in Internet Explorer 7 and checks for updates to your RSS feeds. Once it has updated your RSS feeds, it terminates.
  Elena   (further information)
msfeedssync.exe is a Microsoft Feeds Synchronization from Microsoft Corporation belonging to Windows® Internet Explorer. MSFeedSync.exe is Microsoft Feeds Synchronization task executable used by the Windows Internet Explorer 7 and 8 web browser to periodically update in-browser RSS feeds which have automatic RSS Feeds synchronization turned ON. It only appears in the Windows Task Manager if IE is running. It is required for the proper functioning of IE so it should not be deleted.
I decided to block it because if i've never had it before, then why do I need it now...
the error rr distingeport keeps appear
avg has just deleted it from my PC
ie 7 and 8 feeds
  Arpit   (further information)
I have netwok monitoring software that watches over data going in and out. ever since I've installed this software its been just to block it. Its spyware, take ownership and delete it.
The more Microsoft keeps sending updates, the more junk you get on your computer. This is one of them... totally worthless distraction
  Robert Anderson  
Ever since I updated my ie7 to 8, this stupid msfeeds keeps turning on by itself & it made my whole computer crash twice now! Just disable it from internet options - content - feeds.
Ever since I installed Ashampoo antivirus software it blocks it because of suspicious activity maybe spyware.I played it safe and went to internet option content tab and turn off feeds.
Microsoft installs a task in Task Scheduler that enables this. You can disable, or even delete the task. If you will never use IE, then maybe delete may be appropriate. But disable can be done unless you ever use RSS feeds.
Antivirus AVG reported IDP.generic inside msfeedssync.exe after today jan/09/2018 windows 10 update
  R Iriarte  
AVG is rating it as a potential problem and has asked wether I want to quarantine or ignor! So have decided to quarantine, but the process is taking forever!
Start internet explorer (yes yes i know... that's something you should never do :P), click the cog icon, click internet options, go to the settings-tab labelled "content" and on that tab the bottom-most option ("feeds and web slices") is what you're looking for. Click settings next to it and disable automatic feed updates (default is once per day). That's it. It won't try to update them anymore. If the actual file is somewhere other than "system32" and "syswow64", it's likely not the real deal and should be removed, however.
  Patrik   (further information)
This comment is about your article, please fix the typo. You have written that Microsoft created IE in 1955, instead the correct year was 1995. Thank you.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of msfeedssync.exe: based on 19 votes with 18 user comments. 6 users think msfeedssync.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think msfeedssync.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade msfeedssync.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving msfeedssync issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msfeedssync. 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 msfeedssync.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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