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What is READREG.exe?

READREG.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if READREG.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

READREG.exe file information

The process known as ReadReg MFC Application belongs to software ReadReg Application by Creative Technology (www.creative.com).

Description: READREG.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. READREG.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32. The file size on Windows 7/XP is 38,400 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/readreg.exe.html 
The program has a visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce). The READREG.exe file is not a Windows core file. The READREG.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 8% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

Recommended: Identify READREG.exe related errors

If READREG.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 28% dangerous. The file size is 35,840 bytes (36% of all occurrences), 176,128 bytes or 180,224 bytes. The program has a visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce). It is not a Windows system file. READREG.exe is able to record inputs.

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

disables audio drivers
  Sean Smith  
It's a Creative Labs file used to add/remove audio cards and drivers. Apparently it can be corrupted easily and is often used as a cover for trojans.
It has completely removed all sound from my computer. I have Wondows XP Pro and My computer was working fine untill I rebooted and all of a sudden as my desktop was loading, a screen popped up indicating that "ReadReg Application is installing, please wait." Then immediately after that, I was unable to play any music with sound...it plays, but there is no sound. Does anyone know how to remove it? I have downloaded AVG anti-virus and I scanned my computer, but it does not seem to identify any virus... Help!
  Ryan's mom- California  
my avg program id'ed readreg.exe as a trojan and removed it.
Generic Trojan as identified by AVG
  Stratos Ioannidis  
needed for sb live
IT'S FINE. LEAVE IT ALONE. I just installed Sound Blaster Audigy on a new install of Windows, and it started appearing. Clearly from the comments here it's a VALID FILE used for Sound Blaster. Delete it at your peril. You can see from the attached link that readreg.exe is a component of the Sound Blaster Audigy install files.
  AyeRoxor   (further information)
It is a part of Creative Soundblaster soundcards, if you have Creative Audio on your system and disable this process then you will not have any sound.
  Mike   (further information)
It belongs to Creative Sound Cards I have EMU sound card and kaspersky put it in low trusted but i moved it to trusted and have had no trouble what so ever
Kept my computer from booting.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of READREG.exe: based on 14 votes with 11 user comments.
7 users think READREG.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users think READREG.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade READREG.exe ("not sure about it").

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