mshta.exe - Is mshta.exe spyware, adware, or a virus?

what is mshta.exe?
Purpose of mshta.exe:



Process or task name:

Be sure to always double check your spelling if you are concerned about spyware, as often spyware will use a very similiar spelling of system processes or other common tasks. mshta.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
mshta.exe is a file that was probably on your copmuter since the day you first purchased it. Verify the disk location shown below to make sure it is not spyware or virus related. It's critical to check the folder as often virus writers use similiar names or place the same names in other folders in an attempt to fool you into thinking it is a good file. This mshta.exe file is a critical Windows file, it is used to open hta file types. This file is safe and it is not considered an adware or spyware related program. It will appear in your startup list. Visit mshta.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the mshta.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
This will be found at C:\WINDOWS\System32\mshta.exe


Note on file and folder locations: Remember that although many files are always in default file locations, some files can easily be moved to different locations or change names like many spyware, adware, or popup programs do. If you suspect you have spyware or adware, check to see if you see a similiar names stored elsewhere. It always helps to check your tasklist also to see what is currently running on your computer. You can always view the tasklist on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view your "task manager", and then click the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running on your computer. Dll files will NOT show on your computer tasklist, as dll files are actually part of other processes. You may see similiar program names running if spyware or adware is on your computer, for example, mshta.exe may be slightly misspelled to keep you from finding it, or spyware and adware may be named very similiar to a system file. Make sure always check the location of tasks or processes if you are concerned. mshta.exe can also be used by other programs or software, as there is no standard on software program names what companies choose.

  • Is mshta.exe spyware?
        No.

  • Is this considered adware or popup related?
        No.

  • Is this considered a virus or trojan?
        No.

  • Would you recommend that I remove mshta.exe?
        No, I would not remove this file.

  • View All Tasks and Processes
    mshta.exe is a file that was probably on your copmuter since the day you first purchased it. Verify the disk location shown below to make sure it is not spyware or virus related. It's critical to check the folder as often virus writers use similiar names or place the same names in other folders in an attempt to fool you into thinking it is a good file. This mshta.exe file is a critical Windows file, it is used to open hta file types. This file is safe and it is not considered an adware or spyware related program. It will appear in your startup list. This will be found at C:\WINDOWS\System32\mshta.exe Please feel free to check www.what-is-exe.com for any future lookups or updates, as this index is continually changing and expanding.