What is msmpeng.exe? 5 ways to see if it’s safe.

What is msmpeng.exe?

msmpeng.exe is an important part of Windows Security (formerly Windows Defender). This executable checks your PC for threats, stops threats, then downloads antivirus updates.

msmpeng.exe Microsoft Windows Publisher msmpeng.exe Properties

Publisher: Microsoft Windows Publisher

msmpeng.exe stands for Microsoft Malware Protection Engine.

What does msmpeng.exe do?

As part of Windows Security it protects your PC from threats.

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Why does msmpeng.exe access the network?

While investigating msmpeng.exe with the GlassWire network security monitor on our devices based in Austin, TX USA we found it connects to servers controlled by Microsoft at wd-prod-cp-us-west-1-fe.westus.cloudapp.azure.com. We think it connects to get antivirus definitions to help protect your PC. GlassWire white lists this executable so your PC can continue to get important security protection and updates directly from Microsoft. You should not block this executable from accessing the network if you care about having a secure computer.

App All apps 400 KB/s msmpeng.exe wd-prod-cp-us-west-1-fe.westus.cloudapp.azure.com 24.3 KB 65.2 KB 26 Jul 27 Jul 28 Jul 29 Jul 30 Jul 31 Jul 1 Aug 24 Hours Week Month 3 Hours 5 Minutes All Apps Traffic Graph Usage Things Firewall Alerts GlassWire msmpeng.exe GlassWire Control S… Host Process for Wi… 642.9 KB 386.6 KB 129.4 KB 48.4 KB 90.1 KB 21 KB 727 B 30 KB Windows Explorer 31.3 KB 6.7 KB Background Task H… Spooler SubSystem… Device Association F… 24.7 KB 48.4 KB 6.4 KB 16.3 KB 12.2 KB 30 KB Download/Upload H… System 48.4 KB 16.3 KB 12.2 KB 30 KB

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