What is MtdAcq.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 MtdAcq.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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MtdAcq.EXE file information

Windows Task Manager with MtdAcq
MtdAcq.EXE process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Metadata monitor belongs to software Metadata monitor by Creative Technology (

Description: MtdAcq.EXE is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The MtdAcq.EXE file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Creative\Shared Files\Media Sniffer\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 118,862 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 122,956 bytes or 229,466 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. MtdAcq.EXE is not a Windows core file. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as MtdAcq.EXE, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the MtdAcq.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 is a part of Creative MediaSource which monitors directories for media files. Probably hogs CPU & memory.
Media Sniffer for Creative MediaSource
  Mike Herold   (further information)
As it says on the below link its a "Sound Sniffer", monitors the drive for new media files then automatically adds them to the media library.
  konnijs   (further information)
Media Sniffer program from Creative. Came with my MP3 player. it constantly monitors folders designed by the user for new media files. does not hog resources as far as i know. overall, a trusted process that i allow to run in the background.
unnecessary process for creative mediasource, looks for files constantly which can be added manually and uses a ridiculous amount of cpu/memory
It is a part of Creative MediaSource
  Django   (further information)
This program is ridiculous. It uses 50% of my cpu (I have an xps M1210 with core2 duo), quits working all the time, causes windows explorer to stop working. Might be compatability issue with vista
It is a part of Creative MediaSource which monitors directories for media files. Uses a lot of CPU & memory. If you have an old PC you should disable this process.
It's part of the sound drivers with Creative
  Joe Schmoe  

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Summary: Average user rating of MtdAcq.EXE: based on 9 votes with 9 user comments. 3 users think MtdAcq.EXE is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving MtdAcq issues

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