What is ehshell.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 ehshell.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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Ehshell.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ehshell
Ehshell.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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

Description: The original ehshell.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Ehshell.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 103,936 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 102,912 bytes. 
Ehshell.exe is a Windows core system file. The program has a visible window. The ehshell.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ehshell.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ehshell.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

ehshell.exe is a process belonging to the Microsoft Media Center and provides most functionality for the Microsoft Media Center. This program is non-essential process to the running of the system, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
  Daniel Johnson  
How to fixed "Ehshell.exe - Common Language Runtime Debugging Services" see link
  Tom   (further information)
It is highly annoying and will not allow me to access the Internet normally, it causes me to have to run things in administrator mode only. If I try to access the Net normally, it sends me into a loop of asking me if I want to run either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, it never lets me get through to anything. This must be a virus or something, very annoying and still having Windows Vista isn't helping, that too is a virus!
  Max Brandt  
the pgm is used to display the Media Centers TV guide, pics, etc. It also links to the cable/tv companies reading of t he TV guide. Other SW seems to interfere with it on a regular basis.
Related to 'Open With Media Center' bug or virus! (Media Center takes .exe files)
My pc is no file of ehshell.exe
  ericsan encenarial  

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Summary: Average user rating of ehshell.exe: based on 6 votes with 6 user comments. 4 users think ehshell.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks ehshell.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade ehshell.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ehshell issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ehshell. 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 ehshell.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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