What is ehrec.exe?

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 ehrec.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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Ehrec.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ehrec
Ehrec.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Media Center Host Module belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: The original ehrec.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Ehrec.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 65,536 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 136,192 bytes or 76,800 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 12% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify ehrec.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ehrec.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ehrec.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 only comes with the installation of winXP Media 2005
  Tommy GaRRoX  
ehrec.exe is component of Windows Media Center , all versions. It is used to find file information.
It conflicts with my video capture software ArcSoft ShowBiz. I had to kill it in order to run ShowBiz.
ein teil von Win XP media center edition
It is called to download Guide data and takes 25% of my processor time. If Task Manager is called it turns my screen black except for Task Manager, and shows activity in numbers and all 4 processor cores. Switching to 1 display for the 4 processor then shows little or no activity on screen display but numbers are running. This process never ends and everything except the Task Manager is blocked. Lockup occurs when I agree to download terms or when I don't agree. I have to end the process with Task Manager, then I can back up but I cannot go forward past this agreement screen. NV 9400gt or 9800
Charakteristik: Die Datei ehrec.exe befindet sich in einem Unterordner von C:\Windows. Bekannte Dateigrößen unter Windows 7/XP sind 136192 Bytes (38% aller Vorkommen), 65536 Bytes, 53760 Bytes, 79872 Bytes, 133120 Bytes. Das Programm ist nicht sichtbar. Diese Datei ist von Microsoft und vertrauenswürdig
  bernardo65   (further information)
It was using 50% off my dual core processor after burning a cd. Stopped the process and closed WMP
It uses 100% of my CPU when I boot up so that my computer makes so much noise it wakes my neighbors in the next apartment. And it takes 5 minutes or more to quiet down and drop below 75% use even before I open anything.
  Tracy M.  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ehrec.exe: based on 7 votes with 8 user comments. 3 users think ehrec.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade ehrec.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ehrec issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ehrec. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ehrec.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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