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Process name: Windows Media Player Service

Product: Media Player 7

Support: Help link   Update link   Uninstall tool  

Company: Microsoft

File: MsPMSPSv.exe

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The WMDM PMSP service is installed with Windows Media Player 7, and is necessary for MS Digital Rights Management. The service allows WMDM (Windows Media Device Manager) to copy audio content from a computer to a portable audio player. You can disable this service if you don't use Media Player. Note that on Windows XP/2003 the WMDM PMSP service is an instance of svchost.exe called Portable Media Serial Number. www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/mspmspsv.exe.html 

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  • 7448 users ask for this file. 21 users rated it as not dangerous. 4 users rated it as not so dangerous. 19 users rated it as neutral. 10 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 23 users rated it as dangerous. 9 users didn't rate it ("don't know").

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Microsoft's WMDM PMSP Service, aka Windows Media Device Manager Pre-Message Security Protocol Service. This services enables Windows Media Player to support the SDMI protocol (Secure Digital Music Initiative) when copying CDs or packaging copyrighted downloaded music to SDMI compliant music players and storage devices. Recommendation : This process takes at least 1.2Mb of memory - you can disable it.  See also: Link Wavemaster
This is pretty harmless and a part of Microsoft's Windows Media Player. However it occupies space in your memory and doesn't actually serve you the consumer in any way... Disabling it won't harm your system in anyway and will free up some RAM. So yes, disable it! Psychodonovan
This is used to avoid (CD-Rom/DVD) piracy.  See also: Link SelvaKumar.A
Belongs to Microsoft digital rights management system. All communication requests (copying, playing) between an application and the portable audio player must go through Windows Media Device Manager.  See also: Link A.SivaKumar
The most annoying thing about this service is that it is not uninstalled after you uninstall Windows Media Player 7? and just takes up space and memory. There is a built-in way to uninstall it though. Just type "mspmspsv -u" from the command prompt (without quotation marks) and follow the on-screen instructions. Andrei Rouliakov
this file can be replaced by spyware Panchito
comes with a couple of other programs, too: basically it sneaks in with the windows media codecs roemern
check in Administrative Tools/Service and look for "WMDM PMSP Service", then you can disable it if you wish; pointless MS crap if you ask me. The Anti-Gates
its a resource hog for those who dont need the service meza
It used to be a Media Player 7 related Media Manager. but it dosnt belong in windows XP! i have had this file...and when you use the mspmspsv -u command it says that it is allready stopped! i think its spyware!! thats using the name of a file that we think is harmless! and that makes it dangerous! Znapper
Takes up RAM for no reason. SkidMark
anyone know how to tell the difference between spyware versions and real versions?
I just wanted to comment on Andrei's post. AWESOME WORK! It's posts like that which add value to these communities! THANKS. Kevin Mitnick
This is the worst form of spyware... the kind that poses as a non-essential windows process. Disable this immediately, whether you think you use it or not. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO STOP IT, YOU MOST LIKELY HAVE A VIRUSED FILE! Disable it from starting up and that should solve the problem. Andrew Bowdle
Definately NOT spyware, its an optional users preference type file. Koretek
enables media player to support SDMI protocal when you copy CD or copyrighted downloads to SDMI compliants suestmarie
Allows files to be transferred to your MP3 player!
This file should not be in Windows XP. If trying to shut it down gives errors u might have (had) spyware or a virus. If u see this file, check the System idle process aswell. Is it sending to the internet? Mine did to and to another IP. WaR^
This file allso has an ADS file attached to it in Win XP. I dont know why but it seems a little strange. Tracccker178
worthless junk enabled along with other crap when I installed my Creative Nomad johnnyb
well is it safe to delete the exe? Mike
mspmspsv.exe is a process which normally comes with a specific update of Windows Media player. It allows for the SDMI protocol (Secure Digital Music Initiative) to be used during dealing with music media. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preference checkr2005
It should be disabled when not needed. Not only does a service consume memory but also they adds to the management overhead, can have security holes and in this particular case even function as a piece of spyware. Sven Dack
I do not like any program that reports what i do to anyone without my permission lb3a
it is a huge waste of RAM
risk service nonam
Very weird. It makes my PC to hang off...
This is DEFINITELY spyware on XP. Ru
Also comes with Creative MediaSource - distributed with the USB Soud Blasters. Recommendation: Disable service. Kakaraky
takes up space girlhead
comes installed with sp1 but gets added as a service with the new wmp 10 updates..to remove..type "mspmspsv -u" in cmd then end process in task manager, then search for"mspmspsv.exe" in windows directory and delete the .exe and the prefech file by the same name..L8rZ  See also: Link ZL33t
Can anyone tell me how to disable...and then if needed, enable. I'm really new at this, thanks for any info. SP79
Ib3a ... Then DO NOT use windows at all, as most of it reports something to someone ... its an icon based mouse driven video game. Try a real OS .. Debian is the way to go :) Mike.
resides In system32 and non of what i uses this file. And iI know specifically what i use and when it's loaded. It's a virus . You can use Unlocker or Move on boot to delete it. i did and the charm came towards me again.
The Microsoft Security update KB917734 is supposed to cure a security issue related to the Windows Media Player and the program mspmspsv.exe. Unfortunately, the installation of the update gets stuck.  See also: Link Clas
it is complete crap it effects nothing it causes crashes, if you have a computer running on anything newer then 98se then get rid of it! its not spyware technicly but it is a way to find un registerd media, so to protect yourself disable it in services and uninstall wmp7 use nero showtimewindows media is only good for porn so u realize it must suck  See also: Link REDflag
W2K Server Processorrunning at 100% whilst service was running Tony
one of the many security risks to Microsoft Products that egt patched and patched...
After some in-depth analysis about why my Pc kept freezing (and needed to be switched on and off) with the Error code MACHINE CHECK : Regs, I found that each time it occured this damn service had just started. Consider it well and truely disabled ! Dan
Steals passwords from the user that logs on to www.e-chattie.com/forums, The file is called ECHATPW.EXE Simon Egginton (Site Administrator that discovered this piece of spyware)
i m sure it use my network connection. i have some problems my multiplayer games and i remove this file and solve the problem. it definitely spyware. pablo
Microsoft DRM. However, there is a trojan which goes by "mspmspv.exe" [note the 'pv' instead of 'psv'], the Chum-A trojan. Gumby
Under Administrative Tools/Services, "WMDM PMSP Service" had no description where as all others did. Is this indicative of the virus form? It also likes to access my floppy drive, even without a disk in there. CaughtWMDMPMSP
mspmspsv.exe is a process which normally comes with a specific update of Windows Media player. It allows for the SDMI protocol (Secure Digital Music Initiative) to be used during dealing with music media. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling it is down to user preference.  See also: Link Rene (from Holand)
Spyware! When I deleted it from the registry in regedit it came back again. And when I stopped and disabled it in 'Computer Management' I got this new spyware: CmdLineExt02.dll Peter
In researching problems with ActiveSync not starting up automatically, I checked running processes. After reading this blog I disabled MSPMSPSV.exe and my ActiveSync suddenly initiated and synchronized successfully. Hmmmm.... Nonna
mspmspsv.exe Media Player Very very very commonly taken over by spyware / malware
Unnessary Service and Linked to WMPlayer.exe-I have uninstalled WMP Randy Mitchell
just appeared on my computer one day after my little brother skipped school. brought up never ending iexplores. problem was i dont have iexplore on my comp. yea fml. searched around. DEFF SpywaRE.! i have aol spyware search nd it found it to be like Haxdoor E which was a premeium securtiy alert. lawl. stoned! Flicky Boi
Hd two pc's within a week of each other start freezing up. One was from this MsPMSPSv.exe process. disabled it and it stopped freezing after boot. the second maching did not have this file but found that i was freezing the same way right after booting up becuase of a similar WMplayer process called Windows Media Player Network Sharing service and the executable namesed WMPNetwk.exe. Disabled this process from starting on the 2nd pc and all is well with no freezing up. Anyne know if U uninstall MS update KB917734 WMP is for just the 1st one or will it uninstall other needed security patches Richman
Although Windows themselves ADMIT there are problems with this driver (see website link below). It is ONLY a problem IF you are using older WMP (or updated versions of earlier versions ) to rip Copy Protected discs (I am sure NONE of us does that....ROFL) , there are many FREE programs that does this better and faster... (mine are built into my Soundblaster Cards , = SoundBlaster:- Live 5.1 ,Live, Audigy, Audigy 2 , X-Fi..) - Realplayer actually asks if you want to copy a DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected disk. as for MP3 downloads they have removed the Copy Protection , as they had too many complaints , that people could ONLY listen to Downloads on the PC and not copy them to disk to listen to elsewhere. Anyway it can be found in 2 places on your PC:- c:\windows\system32\mspmspsv.exe + C:\WINDOWS\Prefetch\MSPMSPSV.EXE-159858D5.pf. Am sat on the fence on this one , as it doesn't cause me problems...!!  See also: Link NUKLEOPATRA

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