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What’s mstsc.exe (Remote Desktop Connection)? Is it safe or a virus?

The mstsc.exe is a file associated with Microsoft Windows that stands for "Remote Desktop Connection."

This executable file is responsible for launching the Remote Desktop Connection application, which allows users to connect to and control a remote computer over a network or the internet. With the Remote Desktop Connection, users can access files, applications, and resources on a remote computer as if they were sitting in front of it. This tool is especially useful for IT professionals and remote workers who need to access their work computers from a different location.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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More about mstsc.exe on WINDOWS

Who makes mstsc.exe (Remote Desktop Connection)?

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

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

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find mstsc.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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