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Should I remove MSN?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #5,403
United States Rank #2,536
Reach 0.1042%
Installation trends (last 30 days)
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 12.98 days
382.96 days >
Average installed length: 201.21 days


11.50.0767.0 0.27%
11.50.0766.0 6.01%
11.00.0729.0 0.75%
11.00.0720.0 21.17%
10.50.0707.0 0.20%
10.50.0680.0 0.89%
10.50.0679.0 17.49%
10.50.0659.0 0.14%
10.50.0654.0 0.89%
10.50.0652.0 14.48%
10.20.0613.0 9.63%
10.20.0611.0 13.39%
10.00.0593.0 0.07%
10.00.0589.0 4.37%
10.00.0588.0 3.76%
10.00.0552.0 1.16% 0.61%

Other programs by Microsoft



MSN is a software program developed by Microsoft. The most common release is 11.00.0720.0, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. The program adds a toolbar to Microsoft Internet Explorer. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The primary executable is named [email protected]#@.exe. The setup package generally installs about 92 files and is usually about 97.43 MB (102,162,081 bytes). The installed file update.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows XP. While about 91% of users of MSN come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and Canada.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.msn.com
Help link: support.msn.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\MSN\
Uninstaller: C:\Program Files\MSN\MsnInstaller\msniadm.exe /ActioC:ARP
Estimated size: 97.43 MB

Program filesFiles installed by MSN

Program executable:[email protected]#@.exe
Name:Microsoft(R) MSN (R) Communications System
Path:C:\Program Files\MSN\[email protected]#@.exe
Additional files:
  • unicows.dll - Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 95, Windows (R) 98, and Windows (R) Millennium Operating Systems (Win9x Supplemental Unicode eXtension)
  • txsrvc.dll - Microsoft(R) MSN (R) Communications System (MSN services)
  • Digcore.exe - Système d'exploitation Microsoft(R) Windows 2000(R) (Win32 Cabinet Self-Extractor)
  • Msncli.exe
  • msnsusii.exe
  • ActorAdv.dll
  • ActorBas.dll
  • Adorner.dll
  • Calendar.dll
  • Calrecur.dll
  • Canvas.dll
  • CanvasUI.dll
  • CnvsShrd.dll
  • copymar.exe - copymar
  • custdial.dll - Custom Autodial
  • custsat.dll - custsat
  • custstlc.dll
  • DAVAdptr.dll
  • DGeneral.dll
  • hmssm9.dll
  • logonmgr.dll - MSN IA Logon Manager
  • mailapi.dll - Microsoft Internet Messaging API Resources
  • mailares.dll
  • mailf.dll
  • mailmapi.dll - msnmapi
  • mailres.dll - MSN Mail Resources
  • mailui.dll - MSN Mail
  • mailutil.dll - MSN Mail Utility Library
  • micore.dll
  • migrate.dll - MSN IA Migration
  • miprint.dll
  • msdbx.dll - MSDBX
  • msmom.dll - msmom
  • msn.exe - MSN Explorer
  • msn6.exe - msn
  • msn8to9.dll - MSN9 Mail and Address Book Migration
  • msnmetal.dll - msnmetal
  • msnmtllc.dll
  • msnspell.dll - Microsoft (R) HTML Spell Checker
  • obelog.dll
  • obemetal.dll
  • obemtllc.dll
  • obepopc.dll - MSN IA Poptimization
  • popc.dll
  • update.exe - update
  • msftedit.dll - Microsoft RichEdit Control, version 4.1 (Rich Text Edit Control, v4.1)
  • dw.exe - Microsoft Application Error Reporting
  • dw15.exe
  • csapi3t1.dll - Microsoft® CSAPI v3 to 1 converter (Microsoft CSAPI Converter (v3 to v1))
  • msvcm80.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 (Microsoft® C Runtime Library)
  • msvcp100.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2010
  • msvcp110.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2012
  • msvcp120.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2013
  • msvcp80.dll - Microsoft® C++ Runtime Library
  • msvcr100.dll
  • msvcr110.dll
  • msvcr120.dll
  • msvcr90.dll - Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008
  • msnAuIns.exe - Windows® Internet Explorer
  • iasvcstb.dll - MSN® Connection Center

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Internet Explorer BHO
  • msneshellx.dll is installed in Internet Explorer as a BHO (Browser Helper Object) under the name 'Microsoft Live Search Toolbar Helper' with the class of {d2ce3e00-f94a-4740-988e-03dc2f38c34f}.
Internet Explorer Toolbar
  • msneshellx.dll is loaded as Internet Explorer Toolbar with the name 'Microsoft Live Search Toolbar' with the class of {1E61ED7C-7CB8-49d6-B9E9-AB4C880C8414}.
2 Scheduled Tasks
  • msniadm.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E2D221CF-B5E1-4931-B4B0-8D0FB134DAD9}' (runs on registration).
  • msn.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{59C4E9B4-C8E2-4C7B-87E1-B6F9DDFC750D}' (runs on registration).
3 Windows Firewall Allowed Programs
  • msn.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\MSN\MSNCoreFiles\msn.exe'.
  • msnsusii.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\MSN\MSNCoreFiles\Install\msnsusii.exe'.
  • msn6.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\MSN\MSNCoreFiles\msn6.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:3.06 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0536913187%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.03925898%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.01443234%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:127.34 KB
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:359.25 KB
105.02 KB average
Memory:104.44 MB
Total CPU:0.0010447803%
Kernel CPU:0.00025010%
User CPU:0.00079468%
I/O reads/min:14.44 MB
I/O writes/min:539.17 KB

How do I remove MSN?

Quickly and completely remove MSN from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall MSN from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program MSN, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove MSN.

How do I reset my web browser?

If your web browser homepage and search settings have been modfied by MSN you can restore them to their previous default settings.
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Win 7 (SP1) 47%
Win Vista 0%
Plugs into Internet Explorer
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 48.06%
Windows XP 23.86%
Windows 8 15.13%
Windows Vista 12.95%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 37.56%
Microsoft Windows XP 23.78%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 11.45%
Windows 7 Professional 7.61%
Windows 8.1 5.83%
Windows 10 Home 3.77%

Distribution by countryGeography

91.14% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 91.14%
  Germany 1.60%
  Canada 1.31%
  United Kingdom 1.22%
  Spain 0.68%
  France 0.68%
  DZ 0.25%
  Iran 0.25%
  Mexico 0.21%
  Philippines 0.21%
  Australia 0.17%
  India 0.17%
  MA 0.13%
  Brazil 0.13%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 39.08%
Dell 36.15%
Acer 6.69%
Toshiba 5.43%
American Megatrends 2.61%
Intel 2.19%
ASUS 1.78%
Sahara 1.04%
Lenovo 0.94%
Gateway 0.73%
Common models
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 6.32%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 5.89%
Dell Inspiron 530 3.16%
HP ENVY dv7 Notebook PC 2.95%
Dell XPS 8700 2.32%
Dell Studio XPS 435T/9000 2.32%

About Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a variety of products and services related to computing.
Publisher URL: www.microsoft.com


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