What is PnPDetect.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 PnPDetect.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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PnPDetect.exe file information

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

The process known as PnPDetect MFC Application belongs to software PnPDetect Application by NewSoft Technology (

Description: PnPDetect.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. PnPDetect.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,304 bytes (87% of all occurrences) or 104,528 bytes. 
There is no file information. PnPDetect.exe is not a Windows system file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). PnPDetect.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can completely remove Smart Start UP (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify PnPDetect.exe related errors

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

Downloaded with a application from NewSoft Technology Corp. called MrPhoto3.
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Best practices for resolving PnPDetect issues

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