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What’s mspdbsrv.exe (Microsoft® Program Database)? Is it safe or a virus?

Mspdbsrv.exe is a process belonging to Microsoft Corporation and is associated with the Microsoft Program Database Service, which is used for debugging and profiling applications in Visual Studio.

When a developer works on a project in Visual Studio, the mspdbsrv.exe process is responsible for managing the program database files, which are used to store debugging and profiling information. This process allows developers to efficiently debug and analyze their code, making it easier to identify and fix any issues or performance bottlenecks in their applications.

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Who makes mspdbsrv.exe (Microsoft® Program Database)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of mspdbsrv.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 mspdbsrv.exe safe or a virus?

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find mspdbsrv.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 9, 2024

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