msmpeng.exe is a program which is probably NOT a virus or malware. So, if msmpeng.exe is on your laptop or desktop computer, it is probably ok, and will NOT cause problems. Even if your PC is virus-free, we still advise you to use a well-known antivirus with a good detection rate, in order to yourself your PC against potential security problems.
Normally, this program is found in C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe.
The MD5 fingerprint for this program is 2ad55cc8f96194854cf0cc89d4a41175.
This application is set up as a Windows service. This means it runs on your PC in background, usually without showing anything to you. Most Windows services are ok programs, which provide useful features to other applications or to the Windows Operating System.
This executable uses the net to communicate. Today this is quite normal. For example, most of the programs on your computer check for new updates. In order to do this, Internet communications are necessary.
msmpeng.exe seems to use the functions of Windows SFC (System File Checker) or Windows File Protection.
This is a x64 executable. It runs using the full capacity of nowadays' computer processors.
The description extracted from the file is Antimalware Service Executable.
File version extracted from the file 4.12.16299.15 (WinBuild.160101.0800).
Publisher Microsoft Corporation.
Intellectual property rights notice © Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved..
msmpeng.exe is digitally signed. Nowadays most clean software applications are digitally signed.
The digital signature attached to msmpeng.exe is valid. This is most likely a clean, ok program.
Digitally signed by: Microsoft Corporation
Certificate's issuer name: Microsoft Code Signing PCA
This program does NOT have an uninstall routine stored in registry.