What is NeroCheck.exe?

The genuine NeroCheck.exe file is a software component of Nero Burning Rom by Nero AG.
A verification program for Nero Burning Rom, NeroCheck runs in the background and starts with Windows. It routinely checks for driver conflicts that may interfere with Burning Rom. Nero Burning Rom is a program that supports writing to CD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, CD-MRW and DVD+MRW. Nero was first formed in 1995 in Karlsbad, Germany, as Ahead Software. The first edition of Nero Burning ROM was released in 1997. Ahead Software changed its name to Nero AG in 2005.

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 NeroCheck.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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NeroCheck.exe file information

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

The process known as NeroCheck belongs to software Ahead Software Gmbh NeroCheck or Nero AG NeroCheck or Nero 7 Ultra Edition or Nero 8 by Ahead Software Gmbh ( or Nero AG (

Description: NeroCheck.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. NeroCheck.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 or in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 155,648 bytes (99% of all occurrences), 225,280 bytes, 229,376 bytes or 27,664 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. NeroCheck.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 21% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Nero provides an update site and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Nero 7 Demo or Nero 7 Premium).

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as NeroCheck.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the NeroCheck.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

After weeks of trying to get my sony dvd/cd rewritable drive working I turned on Nero Chec and it downloaded the missing driver that had caused all my problems.
  Ed Taylor  
In Avid Studio and Pinnacle Studio (video editing) this program serves a graphics card benchmarking function; it will alert users if their graphics systems are slow to the degree that it may impair normal video editing functionality.
  Jim Musslewhite  
An easy way to turn off/on this stuff is through msconfig ("Initialize" tab).
  User oct26 2012   (further information)
Nero Check, you can remove it from BOOT
I am unchecking nerocheck.exe because i do not use my laptop's cd/dvd player. There is no reason for it to be running.
  Robert Thompson  
nerocheck.exe logs keyboard input and prevents especial characters from being typed (like à or ä), so unless you only type in english this process is quite annoying as you have to kill the process after every restart. removing the process from startup is not easy at all. @Dragon: that doesn't work with this process, dear, you can disable it but it will appear again.
Added by the PROXY-X TROJAN! Note - this is not related to "Nero Burning Rom" CD writing software
I do have the Nero burning software, but this service caused my computer to reboot about 70% of the time when trying to load the XP desktop. If it got to the desktop, my system was stable. It took my over an hour to go through all my startup services to see which one was causing the problem. After disabling this one, no more reboots.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of NeroCheck.exe: based on 90 votes with 9 reviews. 47 users think NeroCheck.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 18 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 16 users think NeroCheck.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade NeroCheck.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving NeroCheck issues

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