How to remove the msi virus

Most antivirus programs identify msi.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as Trojan.Win32.Scar.cfo, and TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_Generic.DIT.

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Msi.exe file information

The process known as Task Mon belongs to software Task Mon by Texas Instruments (

Description: Msi.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file msi.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 786,432 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 179,202 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\RunServices). The file is not a Windows core file. Msi.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify msi.exe related errors

Important: You should check the msi.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

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Summary: Average user rating of msi.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks msi.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger.

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Best practices for resolving msi issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msi. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the msi.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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