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What’s MSBuild.exe (MSBuild.exe)? Is it safe or a virus?

MSBuild.exe is a command-line tool by Microsoft Corporation that is used to build and deploy .NET applications.

It takes in input in the form of an XML file, which contains instructions on how to build the application, and then executes those instructions to compile the source code, resolve dependencies, and generate the final output. MSBuild.exe is commonly used in the build process of .NET projects within Visual Studio, and it allows developers to automate the building of their applications, making the process more efficient and reliable.

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Who makes MSBuild.exe (MSBuild.exe)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of MSBuild.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is MSBuild.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the MSBuild.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find MSBuild.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 11, 2024

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