What is DevDetect.exe?

The genuine DevDetect.exe file is a software component of Device Detector by ACD Systems.
DevDetect.exe is an executable file that belongs to ACDSee, an image organizer, editor and viewer. This process monitors external devices such as cameras, USB drives and scanners. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. ACDSee features lossless RAW format editing, batch processing (processing multiple images together), metadata editing in EXIF and IPTC formats, with parameters for rating, keywords, categories, and geotagging/GPS support. ACDSee's database supports backing up, and being exported/imported as an XML or binary file. The program was first released in 1994 and sold for $15 a copy. ACDSee supports the Windows and Mac OSX platforms. ACD Systems is an American company that designs and develops digital image editing and management software. The company caters to millions of customers in small and medium businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and private consumers. ACD Systems was founded in 1994 and is currently headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA.

DevDetect stands for Device Detector

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the DevDetect.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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DevDetect.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DevDetect
DevDetect.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Device Detector belongs to software Device Detector or ACDSee Photo Manager (version 12) or ACDSee for PENTAX or ACDSee 9 Photo Manager by ACD Systems ( or ACD Systems International.

Description: DevDetect.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. DevDetect.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 278,528 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 603,984 bytes and 12 more variants. 
The DevDetect.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramACDSee 9 Foto-Manager or ACDSee 10 Photo Manager or ask the developer, Acdsystems, for assistance.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DevDetect.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DevDetect.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

It's from the ACD image browser program. It's harmless.
ACD Gerätedetektor
  Peter Thiel  
ist der Gerätedetektor von acdsee
Its a component of ACDSee, it monitors external devices such as scanners and cameras
  Aidamina   (further information)
I had install ACDSee for PENTAX
Device Detector.exe (not DevDetect)is also from Cyberlink media espresso. It is not spyware or virus but never knows how can mask them selves.It starts automatically at start up. It can be disabled if the Media Espresso is not at autostart.

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Summary: Average user rating of DevDetect.exe: based on 11 votes with 6 user comments. 5 users think DevDetect.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think DevDetect.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving DevDetect issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DevDetect. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the DevDetect.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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