"msdtc.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

What is the "msdtc.exe" process on windows 7? Is the "msdtc.exe" process a virus? Can I terminate the "msdtc.exe" process?

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A

"msdtc.exe" process represents "Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator Service" program. "msdtc.exe" process is created by the service: "Distributed Transaction Coordinator".

"msdtc.exe" process is normally running under the parent process "services" as shown in the process tree below:

Boot
   wininit
      services
         msdtc

On the Processes tab of "Task Manager", "msdtc.exe" process may be listed as:

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
msdtc.exe                 8,012 K   Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator Service

Additional information about "msdtc.exe" process:

Command line:
   C:\windows\System32\msdtc.exe

Programe file information:
   Name: msdtc.exe
   Location: C:\windows\System32\msdtc.exe
   Description: Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator Service
   Version: 2001.12.8530.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)
   Size: 141824 bytes
   Last modified: 7/13/2009 9:39:21 PM
   Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
   
Some data files used:
C:\Windows\System32
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\msdtc.exe.mui
C:\Windows\System32\Msdtc\MSDTC.LOG
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\msdtcVSp1res.dll.mui

Some registry keys used:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Sorting\Versions
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\SESSION MANAGER
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSDTC\Tracing
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSDTC\Tracing
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSDTC\Tracing
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSDTC\Tracing
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSDTC\Tracing
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSDTC\Tracing
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MSDTC\Tracing

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll
C:\windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\windows\system32\ole32.dll
C:\windows\system32\msvcrt.dll
C:\windows\system32\GDI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\USER32.dll
C:\windows\system32\LPK.dll
C:\windows\system32\USP10.dll
C:\windows\system32\RPCRT4.dll

"msdtc.exe" process is not a virus. You should not terminate "msdtc.exe" process.

 

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