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What is mcrdsvc.exe?

The genuine mcrdsvc.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Windows Media Center by Microsoft.
Microsoft was established by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975. It is most popular for its Windows operating system which was one of the world's first to introduce a graphical user interface for the personal computer. In later versions of Windows, the Media Center was introduced as a way to provide a central entertainment hub, offering support for remote controls to handle video and audio playback. This file is a process component of the Windows Media Center.

MCRDSvc stands for Media Center Remote Device Service

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 mcrdsvc.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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Mcrdsvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with mcrdsvc
Mcrdsvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as MCRD Device Service or Servizio dispositivo MCRD or Tjänsten MCRD Device Service belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Media Center Extender Service by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: Mcrdsvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mcrdsvc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 99,328 bytes (84% of all occurrences), 96,256 bytes and 8 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/mcrdsvc.exe.html 
The program is not visible. The mcrdsvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Mcrdsvc.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Microsoft provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Media Center).

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

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User Comments

Microsoft Media Reciever w/ Windows MCE 2005
  rsb  
For Media Center Extender - - essential if you use an XBox or XBox 360 to view content from your Media Center PC
  LAS  
It is essential to XP MCD
  Dominic   (further information)
It is needed for the running of Microsoft Windows ( I think specifically for the Media Center)... But it is supposed to be necessary and should never be stopped or deleted. This should not be dangerous, it is a part of Microsoft Windows.
  Liz  
mcrdsvc.exe is a process which belongs to the Microsoft Windows Media Center. This program is an essential process to the running of the program, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
  Ava  
Media Center Extension
  cherl playter  
Apart of the Windows Media Center
   
mcrdsvc.exe is a process which belongs to the Microsoft Windows Media Center. This program is an essential process to the running of the program, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
  AussieNerd  
not much cept that it monitors what you do on the net and me myself i dont like that.
  wolf  
mcrdsvc.exe is a process which belongs to the Microsoft Windows Media Center. This program is an essential process to the running of the program, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
  Oliver Heinrich  
Standard Windows XP Media Centre file, allows Media Extenders access to media on the client PC
  AR   (further information)
it wasnt on my computer when it was working perfectly before, although its not bad now so i dont know
  Dave  
needed if you want to run media center but annoying otherwise, the cursor changes constantly from the arrow to the hourglass.
   
Wolf is wrong this is not a monitoring program its main use is to stream media over network to other PCS or Xbox 360 etc. not dangerous.
  andy  
My computer was running great, then mcrdsvc.exe popped up and it is slow as he**. It is slowing my computer down.
  Steve  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of mcrdsvc.exe: based on 20 votes with 15 user comments. 12 users think mcrdsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving mcrdsvc issues

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