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Built into Internet Explorer 9 was a neat little file called msfeedssync.exe, which refers to “Microsoft Feeds Synchronization”.
There are probably many of you that don’t know about this file and the ones that do aren’t sure what it does.
What Is It?
In short, msfeedssync.exe is designed to start the synchronization of your RSS feeds.
The RSS or Rich Site Summary are links that you can subscribe to that will update you on any changes to the said site.
You would use these if you have many sites that you check on a daily basis.
The RSS feeds send the updates from the site so that you do not have to check back all the time to see the difference. You just subscribe to the RSS feeds and it sends you the updates. These updates are delivered via a feed reader or through Outlook.
For those of you that don’t know, an exe file is an executable file that the computer uses to carry out a pre-prescribed function using step by step instructions.
This particular exe file is in charge of running the RSS feed synchronization in Internet Explorer. It will run at whatever interval you have set up in internet options. However, msfeedssync.exe or any other program can have a few problems.
On a Windows-based machine, these problems will show up in the system log. To check the system log, go to the Control Panel>Computer Management>Computer Management>Event Viewer>Windows Logs.
Under this area, the two sections that you need to worry about are Application and System. This set of errors normally shows up in the application.
9 Potential Fixes
- Step 1: Repair Registry Entries Associated with Internet Explorer 9
- Step 2: Perform a Full Computer Malware Scan
- Step 3: Clean Out Your System Junk (Temporary Files and Folders) With a Disk Cleanup tool
- Step 4: Update Your Computer’s Device Drivers
- Step 5: Employ Windows System Restore to “Undo” Any Recent System Changes
- Step 6: Uninstall and Reinstall the Internet Explorer 9 Program Associated with Msfeedssync.exe
- Step 7: Run Windows System File Checker (“sfc /scannow”)
- Step 8: Install All Available Windows Updates
- Step 9: Perform a Clean Installation of Windows
A Look at the Errors
The most common errors that you should look for are the following:
- “Faulting Application Path: msfeedssync.exe.”
- “Msfeedssync.exe is not a valid Win32 application.”
- “Cannot find msfeedssync.exe.”
- “Msfeedssync.exe failed.”
- “Msfeedssync.exe not found.”
- “Msfeedssync.exe Application Error.”
- “Error starting program: msfeedssync.exe.”
- “Msfeedssync.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.”
- “Msfeedssync.exe is not running.”
Some of the more common causes of msfeedssync.exe errors are as follows:
- Corrupt Windows registry keys
- Viruses or malware
- Deletion by other programs either intentionally or unintentionally
- Programs conflicts
- Internet Explorer 9 corrupted or not installed correctly
Many times, these exe error messages will happen during program installation.
They can also happen during operating system installation or the startup and shutdown of windows. Knowing when the error occurred can be a critical part of troubleshooting the application. While program errors like the ones above are the most common problem, there are other factors that should be taken into account, one of which are viruses.
A virus can infect or even replace this file effectively disguising itself. This can then lead to your computer being infected by malware or worse. These viruses are typically distributed through a malicious website or spam email, so when you open an email make sure that you know who it’s from before you click on anything.
Make sure that any executable file that you download to your computer from another source is scanned with a virus scanner before opening it. This should be done even if it’s from what you would consider a reputable source.
Turning it off
I’m sure there are many people out there that don’t use RSS feeds in today’s society.
Any of the people that I’ve spoken to didn’t even know what they were. While they had heard of them, they never use them. If this is the case, then disabling the RSS feeds is a good idea.
As stated above there are viruses and malware that can come into your computer and imitate this.
If you are interested in disabling the program go into Control Panel>Internet Options>Content tab> Feeds and Web Slices Settings.
Over in Symantec, there’s the following fix:
- Open Internet Explorer (IE).
- Navigate to Tools > Internet Options.
- Switch to Content tab.
- From the Feeds section click Settings.
- Then uncheck the option “Automatically check feeds for updates”.
- Leave IE and reboot your server.
The video creator outlines what RSS means. They explain that RSS is short for Really Simple Syndication.
This is ultimately an alternative way of subscribing to a blog than email updates. When you make use of an RSS reader and share the RSS feed for an internet site you want to subscribe to it will syndicate every one of the new publications on that website automatically.
Basically, it’s a fantastic way to aggregate all the news that you are looking for without needing to visit several sites or have to handle a lot of extra emails.
So you can stay on the pulse of what exactly is happening and show all your friends. You might notice individuals claiming that RSS is dead- and that might be correct for some people since of social media marketing.
Each one of these places where you can now follow a particular blog or brand you’re likely going to see what they publish, but if you are searching for a dedicated place that you can go and be able to check all the news that you’re enthusiastic about without all of the noise Of Twitter updates and Facebook posts, then RSS is an extremely wise decision.
One more reason why you will find that it isn’t quite dead yet is if you go to a blog that you like to read regularly- many still have RSS subscription options available. So when you find that information and facts you’re ultimately looking for, the syndication feed for their blog is a great place to go to stay up to date.
When it comes to picking an RSS reader that you can syndicate all of your news they prefer Google Reader- but sadly that has been deprecated.
8 Google Reader Alternatives
If you’re looking for an RSS reader, check out these Google Reader alternatives:
- Feed Wrangler
- The Old Reader
Whether it’s breaking news or a lifestyle blog, most RSS readers let you custom your curation. You can perhaps separate them by tags or folders.
There will be tons of share buttons- so it’s still simple to tweet out your favorite stuff or post it to Facebook and especially Google.
Make sure if you subscribe to RSS feeds that they are from a reputable site. Don’t let your computer become the next victim to a virus or malware.
This can cause more than minor inconveniences. They could steal data, private information or anything that you have on your computer. If you do come across one of the errors listed above, there are multiple different fixes that I have found on the internet. Use whichever search engine you like and look one up. You never know you might learn something, I know I did.