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What’s MMAExtensionHeartbeatService.exe (MMAExtensionHeartbeatService)? Is it safe or a virus?

MMAExtensionHeartbeatService.exe is a process belonging to the Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) software, which is used for monitoring and managing computer systems.

This specific process, MMAExtensionHeartbeatService.exe, is responsible for sending periodic heartbeat signals to the Azure Monitor service to indicate that the system is operational and to maintain a connection between the monitored system and the Azure Monitor service. This helps ensure that the system's status and performance data can be accurately captured and reported.

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the MMAExtensionHeartbeatService.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find MMAExtensionHeartbeatService.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior

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Who makes MMAExtensionHeartbeatService.exe (MMAExtensionHeartbeatService)?

We’ve found Microsoft Corporation should be the publisher of MMAExtensionHeartbeatService.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Last updated: March 27, 2024

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