What is SnapDetect.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 SnapDetect.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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SnapDetect.exe file information

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

More precise details about what the SnapDetect.exe process belongs to are not available. This is partly because the author is not identified.

Description: SnapDetect.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SnapDetect.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 65,536 bytes. 
The SnapDetect.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. The SnapDetect.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 80% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If SnapDetect.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 168,021 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 168,025 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The SnapDetect.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SnapDetect.exe. Therefore, you should check the SnapDetect.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

its for usb camera
It is for a usb camera. Wouldn't know why it would be harmful in any way.
I found a reference to Sterling Technologies. It seems to have been installed on my laptop the day before I bought it from COMP USA, In Orange County CA.
  Brian Vanderpool  
For Micro Innovations USB Webcam
  Jeremy Little  
it keeps my cpu at 100% sometimes right after bootup
It is the detection software for my Micro-Innovations webcamera
  Jim Allen   (further information)
It kepts my cpu at 100% even after I bootup
Comes with Ezonics cameras, don't delete
Its part of a driver.
  Carter   (further information)
It is being used for a Micro Innovations Webcam. It seems to be essential for the camera to operate but locks up most applications on the computer. Holds the processor at 100% the entire time it is running.
It loads on the boot up and holds op 89,000 K of process until i kill it....wish i knew how to remove it right
  Agent B  
It is for my Generic little USB Camera (IBM)
USB webcam software
Its for a webcam

  Goodman D. Dortch II   (further information)
Uses up all systems resources, when you delete it fro task bar the camera works fine
  James Detelfs  
It was installed with my Ezonics web cam, web cam needs it.
  Michael   (further information)
driver for webcam
It's for my mircro innovations usb webcam... it uses 832k of memory, i dont know if it is a MUST for my cam, but when im going to play some game that requires more memory i manually kill all the unecessary programs, including this one
showed up after install of Ezonics USB cam-so,most of you are probably right. Don't kill it-just remove from start up menu
I just installed the micro Innovations web cam when it showed up and the task manager said it is set to 100% cpu usage. Reason I noticed was it made my computer so slow it was useless, untill I used task manager to end the process. Now to rid it for camera I can deal with, no computer worth using BIG PROBLEM! ;)
It kepts my cpu at 100% even after I bootup
Its for a me SnapDetect.exe is using just 2204K..but if you dont have a webcam Remove it
usb camera
This is awful! It maxes out my cpu usage on boot-up and locks everything up. Shutting it down thru task manager doesn't seem to be detrimental in any way to any other processes or applications. When I figure out where it came from, I'll let you know. Am thinking infection of some kind, as this just started out of the blue while I was online last night. Trend Housecall did not pick it up. This is odd.
  Kerry   (further information)
It is installed into your computer when you use Micro Innovations or Ezonics Web Cam. It runs the CPU at 100%. However, if you go into task manager, and close it down. it brings the CPU usage down and will not affect your web cam. There is no damage to the computer, it justs makes it run slow. It is more annoying than anything.
i just found the snap detect on my pc and it was using 98% cpu. i talked to a computer buddy of mine and he told me i could shut it off and see what happens. then i found out what it was on here. i have a micro innovations cam and my cam is workin fine without the snapdetect. i dotn think it is necessary for the cam to work correctly. in fact my cam(micro innovatins) is workin better and my pc is moving faster and i dont have the live streaming lag that we were blaming on the internet connection. im glad its gone and i see no use for it
Received this with my webcam
It is not needed at all for your web cam to work..
I eliminated it and SKYPE now works fine

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SnapDetect.exe: based on 30 votes with 30 user comments. 13 users think SnapDetect.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users think SnapDetect.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade SnapDetect.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SnapDetect issues

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