"mstsc.exe" Process on Windows 7

Q

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

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A

"mstsc.exe" process represents "Remote Desktop Connection" program.

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

Boot
   explorer
      mstsc

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

Image Name                 Memory   Description
--------------------   ----------   -----------
mstsc.exe                46,652 K   Remote Desktop Connection

Additional information about "mstsc.exe" process:

Command line:
   "C:\windows\system32\mstsc.exe" 

Programe file information:
   Name: mstsc.exe
   Location: C:\windows\system32\mstsc.exe
   Description: Remote Desktop Connection
   Version: 6.3.9600.16415 (winblue_gdr_oob.131001-0952)
   Size: 1147392 bytes
   Last modified: 10/1/2013 7:31:09 PM
   Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
   
Some data files used:
C:\Windows\System32
C:\Windows\Fonts\StaticCache.dat
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\user32.dll.mui
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\mstscax.dll.mui
C:\Windows\System32\en-US\KernelBase.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
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Locale\Alternate Sorts
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nls\Language Groups
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum
HKLM\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\services

Some DLL libraries used:
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\ntdll.dll
C:\windows\system32\kernel32.dll
C:\windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll
C:\windows\system32\ADVAPI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\msvcrt.dll
C:\windows\SYSTEM32\sechost.dll
C:\windows\system32\RPCRT4.dll
C:\windows\system32\GDI32.dll
C:\windows\system32\USER32.dll
C:\windows\system32\LPK.dll

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

 

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