What is the Microsoft Antimalware (MsMpSvc) service?

An explanation of the Microsoft Antimalware Service (MsMpSvc) in Windows 7.

What does the Microsoft Antimalware Service (MsMpSvc) do?

Malware is a general description of viruses, spyware, or any unwanted software. The antimalware service is a fancy name for Microsoft’s free consumer antivirus software Microsoft Security Essentials.

The Microsoft Antimalware Service (MsMpSvc) is responsible for protecting your computer from viruses and spyware, also known as malware.

Microsoft Antimalware Service (MsMpSvc) details

  • Service name: MsMpSvc
  • Description: Helps protect users from malware and other potentially unwanted software
  • Path to executable: "c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe"
  • Startup type: Automatic

Does my computer need the Microsoft Antimalware Service (MsMpSvc)?

Your computer doesn’t need the MsMpSvc service to run.

Should I disable the Microsoft Antimalware Service (MsMpSvc)?

First off, I have to say that it’s best to leave service optimization up to Microsoft. With that said; I would leave the MsMpSvc service alone. If you disable it, your computer will not be protected from malware.

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