What is stdrt.exe?

This process is malware disguised as the Windows Media Center Diagnostic Application. It hijacks your internet connection and sometimes computer audio. It can be removed using standard antivirus/antispyware software.

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 stdrt.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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Stdrt.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with stdrt
Stdrt.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Media Dashboard (version V2) or Windows Media Center Diagnostic Application or Windows Media Center or Sound Mixer or Multimedia Fusion Stand Alone Application or Sound Mixers or MCE Host or Sound MIX (version V99) appears to belong to software unknown by Microsoft ( or Clickteam.

Description: Stdrt.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Stdrt.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 372,736 bytes (41% of all occurrences), 651,264 bytes, 368,640 bytes or 647,168 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The program has no visible window. The stdrt.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows system file. Stdrt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 72% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name stdrt.exe, for example TROJ_SPNR.0BFE11 (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the stdrt.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

It keeps transmitting random radio messages, which use up A LOT of mb/s of your internet connection, and RAM Memory
  Omega Wilkinson  
windows media center process starts up every time i reboot and mutes the audio. it does not let me unmute. need to terminate the process from task manager
stdrt.exe Is a runtime file and required for certain 3rd party applications, and is NOT a virus.
it's definitely a virus. it's gotta be. i've had it multiple times ande it always turns on with the computer and it eats up all your cpu and makes your computer run like crap. i think it communicates on the web too which is scary but not sure
stdrt.exe is a malware for me because it mutes my sound every time I switch on my computer. I tried to delete it but it was no use. I always needed to close this with the task manager.
  Askara Credert  
The thing about this file is that both the people who say it is bad and the ones who say it is helpful software that shouldn't be deleted are also correct. Understandable if you're confused here. The file is used by programmers for many different reasons. Building apps, making games, even for videos and other things. The problem is that it can also be used by 'bad' people to mess with your computer. If you are having weird radio messages or parts of your computer are having changes that you did not authorize then, you've got a rogue copy and it needs to be fixed ASAP. So my final answer is.. It 'may' be a benign part of an app or game that you regularly use, but some viruses use it to handshake with your computer and make it do things. Use your own judgment on whether it needs to be fixed, then if it does please consult with either Microsoft or a tech help forum or even your local tech support. This is not one you should try to fix with trial and error.
recently found it using 800,000k of my RAM, and removing didn't causing any harm. My computer doesn't run nearly as slow now and would recommend it. It was also detected as a virus from my antivirus
Malware. Displays audio bacground ads.
stdrt.exe constantly consume lot of internet bandwidth, ~300MB data in one hour of net session. Data is obtained by monitoring net connection session without launching any applications.

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Summary: Average user rating of stdrt.exe: based on 13 votes with 10 user comments. 2 users think stdrt.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users suspect danger. 9 users think stdrt.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving stdrt issues

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