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.
The process known as Media Dashboard (version V2) or Windows Media Center Diagnostic Application or Windows Media Center or Multimedia Fusion Stand Alone Application or MCE Host belongs to software unknown by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) 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 (50% 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 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
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If stdrt.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 46% dangerous. The file size is 331,776 bytes. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. The stdrt.exe file is not a Windows system file. Stdrt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
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.
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 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 stdrt.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.