What is wmccds.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 wmccds.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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Wmccds.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with wmccds
Wmccds.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows Media Connect belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Betriebssystem Microsoft Windows or Sistema operativo Microsoft Windows by Microsoft (

Description: Wmccds.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file wmccds.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 855,552 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 856,064 bytes, 904,736 bytes or 905,760 bytes. 
The program is not visible. Wmccds.exe is not a Windows core file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as wmccds.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the wmccds.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's a file that makes the xbox 360 work with media center computers
Allows you to connect your PC to a xbox 360.
Installed when I networked Xbox 360 to my home wireless network. Necessary for communciation with Xbox 360
Used to link Xbox 360 to Media Center O.S. or XP w\ Windows Media Connect
    (further information)
lags computer like mad
wmccds is necessary for the XBox360 to access media files on your computer. You can easily disable it by renaming its folder when it is not in use. Just remember to restore the original name when you want the XBox360 to access your media files.
Seems to be the Windows Media Connect process isnt a risk at all
it connects to XBOX 360 so that XBOX can use files from server. It does lag the Server quite a bit even when the Xbox is not on.
It is _not_ only for XBox360, it is the general Windows Media Sharing feature and needed for UPnP\DLNA. It will scan all shared media files after each boot, how long this takes depends on how many files are shared. You can safely disable\kill it but the file list in UPnP will be incomplete.

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Summary: Average user rating of wmccds.exe: based on 15 votes with 9 user comments. 10 users think wmccds.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think wmccds.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving wmccds issues

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