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What is antimalware service executable?

The antimalware service executable is the OS windows defender background built-in process that keeps scanning our system to prevent viruses, spyware, Trojans, pop-ups, rootkits, slow performance, spam and other security threats.

antimalware service executable
msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable

The work of antimalware service executable is to remove these kinds of threats by detecting them from your device’s OS.

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Apart from some of the features mentioned in above, antimalware service executable performs also:

  1. It monitors all on-going activities in a system.
  2. It provides real-time protection feature.
  3. Scans all newly downloaded files and installed software, whether malicious or not.
  4. Filters against threats very quickly.

However, because of a file named msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable often lead to some problems like over CPU usage, low RAM availability, systems restarting frequently, etc. Therefore, the antimalware service executable should be checked and must be stopped while it decreases processing performances.

msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable [FIXED]

As stated, the msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable file is the one behind all the activities of Windows’ software because it keeps scanning files and folders repeatedly, thereby, eating out maximum CPU activities causing all other software run slow and sometimes unresponsive.

To fix this issue, please see steps below and carefully follow. Images are attached to each step to help your understanding and to know if you are doing the right thing or not.

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Step 1:Open the task manager and click on the “Process” tab to see which process is using up maximum CPU. (We can find the msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable option there and can check the CPU usage percentage of the files).

antimalware service executable
msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable

Step 2: Right click on the antimalware service executable; and then it opens for us to see the msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable file.

antimalware service executable
msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable

Step 3: After opening the “file location”, click on the “Home” option that is on the top left. Then select the “Copy path” option.

antimalware service executable
msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable

Step 4: Use the “Search” option found in the start menu to search for “Windows defender” or “Windows Security Essentials” and click to open.

antimalware service executable
msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable

Step 5: Next, click on the “Settings” option and choose the “Excluded files and locations” tab.

antimalware service executable
msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable

Step 6: After the above step, paste the file location on the first window that appears and click on the “Add” option. (A second pop up will appear with previous steps showing, recheck it).

antimalware service executable
msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable

Step 7: Click the“Save Settings” option

antimalware service executable
msmpeng.exe antimalware service executable

Step 8: Close all tabs and your issue is SOLVED.

Please note that we did not disable the antimalware service executable option, but fetched a path for the msmpeng.exe file.

Your system should back to its best now.

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