What is msftesql.exe?

The genuine msftesql.exe file is a software component of Microsoft SQL Server by Microsoft.
Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system for information storage developed by Microsoft. Msftesql.exe is part of the Full-Text Indexing engine of SQL Server. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems.

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MsftESQL stands for Microsoft Express SQL

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 msftesql.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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Msftesql.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msftesql
Msftesql.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PKM executable belongs to software Microsoft SQL Server VSS Writer or MSSearch by Microsoft (

Description: Msftesql.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Msftesql.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Binn\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 91,992 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 154,968 bytes, 92,880 bytes or 95,592 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2000 DTS Designer Components).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msftesql.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the msftesql.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

msftesql.exe is part of Full-Text Search (MSSearch) which is part of MS SQL Server from Microsoft.
It is needed for SQL Full text Index.
  DNN Developers   (further information)
Es ist die SQL-Server Full Text Engine, notwendig!

Summary: Average user rating of msftesql.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think msftesql.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving msftesql issues

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