Msfeedssync .exe – What is it and Disable in IE7 / IE8

Webisee RSS Feed MSFeedSync.exe is Microsoft Feeds Synchronization task executable used by the Windows Internet Explorer 7 and 8 web browser to periodically update in-browser RSS feeds which have automatic RSS Feeds synchronization turned ON. It only appears in the Windows Task Manager if IE is running.

Well, most of us use feed reader such as Google Reader, Bloglines, RSS Bandit, FeedDemon, Thunderbird, etc. In this case, this IE feature can be turned OFF. As this continusouly running in the background to update the default RSS feeds.

How to distable msfeedsync in IE7 / IE8

1. Go to Control Panel.
2. Double-click Internet Options.
3. Click Content tab.
4. Click the Settings button under Feeds.
Internet Explorer Settings
5. Uncheck Automatically check feeds for updates and Click OK

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22 Responses to “Msfeedssync .exe – What is it and Disable in IE7 / IE8”

  1. Thanks for your info

  2. Thx! Helped me!

  3. thanks…
    it was bugging me for a while.

  4. Súper Thanks

  5. Many Thanks!

  6. Yea… me too By the way this is why I prefer Linux,M$ ussume to much… I like to decide on everything.

  7. I’ve never used RSS and I don’t use IE nor do I have it running.
    Still, this crap was running on my system.
    Thanks for the steps on how to disable it.

  8. I see it pop up in the process list every few minutes, even when IE is not running….

  9. Where do I find this Feeds button or something cause I cant find it. There is nothing on the Internet Options property box under content about Feeds.

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  12. Content tab reveals ‘Content Adviser’ with Enable highlighted, Settings are not highlighted and do not respond therefore I am unable o get to ‘Feeds’

  13. Thank you so much…., this was getting me crazy…

  14. Thank you.It works.

  15. I never use or open it but it pop-up in my firewall after an security update for IE ( even if not used !!!) you can delete this malware if you don’t need it ( search msfee*.* )

    The media center is also updated even if you disable it as service

    BTW here a good one :

    Disable Windows Media Center using Group Policy (or Registry)

    Run Group Policy Object Editor (GPEdit.msc), expand Computer Configuration (for per-machine settings if you want disable for all users on the computer) or User Configuration (for per-user settings if you want to disable for logged on user only), then expand Administrative Templates, and finally Windows Components, and select Windows Media Center. Change the setting for Do not allow Windows Media Center to run to Enabled. Once WMC disable policy is set, the following message will appear whenever users trying to run Windows Media Center.

    Windows Media Center Blocked by Group Policy
    Windows cannot open this program because it has been prevented by a software restriction policy. For more information contact your system administrator.

    Windows Vista Home Premium edition does not come with GPEdit.msc (Group Policy Editor), however the policy that block MCE from running can still be set manually in registry, and will be honored by the operating system. To set the policy registry key, open Registry Editor, and navigate to the following registry key:


    Right click on Microsoft and create a New Key named WindowsMediaCenter (no space in between). Under “WindowsMediaCenter” registry branch, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named MediaCenter, and set its value data to 1.

    Registry Setting to Disable Windows Medic Center (MCE)

    Alternatively, simply run the following command in elevated privilege command prompt:

    reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaCenter /v MediaCenter /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

    To revert and re-enable MCE, simply delete the WindowsMediaCenter registry key created in Registry Editor, or run the following command in elevated privilege command prompt:

    reg delete HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsMediaCenter /v MediaCenter /f


    Disabling Adobe Updater The Easy Way
    ( )
    If you already have Adobe Reader installed and are looking for a simple way to disable the Updater from running automatically, run the following command from a Command Prompt. This will require admin access to the machine you are running this on, so if you are running Windows Vista you must use an elevated command prompt.

    REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\8.0\FeatureLockdown” /v bUpdater /d 0 /t REG_DWORD /f

    Bye 😉

  16. thanks a ton
    gd luck and best wishes

  17. What about IE 6 – how do you get rid of the msfeedssync.exe error?

  18. Great, it worked! I have been having trouble with this process for a few days, didn’t know what it was and Comodo Firewall was reporting it all the time. I have disabled it. Thanks!

  19. Thank you very much for this clear, concise and perfect solution!

    Curious – why have the spam protection box and the reCaptcha?

  20. @Jason same thing happen to me.Thanks to this post.:)

  21. If you are staying with IE6, you can safely delete msfeedssync.exe and not break anything. Use the “search” from the start menu and perhaps the file name will show up three times, more or less. You can delete them all.

    If you are reinstalling IE7 or 8, the feed error might go away when you get done. You can delete the file in the meantime to save some aggravation.

    (I am using WinXP, but the problem might exist in other Windows versions as well. It’s an IE problem. As one person pointed out, the older versions don’t use it, and the utility doesn’t check to see if the right version of IE is installed. Without the right version, the utility gets confused and sends an error message. MAYBE – we can pray! – maybe Microsoft will eventually “patch” this problem or at least make it easier to find some solutions…)

    If you do not use RSS feeds, or Internet Explorer, you probably don’t need this file anyway.

    If you insist on using IE (I only use it for Windows Updates ) then you should be sure you are on the most recent version your machine will run.

    I use Google Chrome and Firefox (and Pale Moon derivative) and never had the msfeedssync problem because of that. It’s always shown up when we reinsall Windows!

    Best wishes, everybody – either delete the file(s) or get back to IE7/8 ASAP…

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