What is Mcrdsvc.exe

Media Center Extender Service - Microsoft® Windows® Operating System - Microsoft Corporation

File description

Mcrdsvc.exe with description Media Center Extender Service is a process file from company Microsoft Corporation belonging to product Microsoft® Windows® Operating System.
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What is mcrdsvc.exe?
This is a part of Windows Media Center. Its purpose is to allow Windows Media extenders to access media on the host system. It included with any Media Center-capable version of Windows, including XP Media Center Edition, Vista Home Premium, and Vista Ultimate.

This process is not essential to the operation of the system; however, it should not be deleted under any circumstances. By killing this process or disabling the associated service, you will lose the ability for Media Center extenders to connect to your computer. If you do not use this functionality, you can disable the service; however, deleting the file could result in system instability.

Dangers of mcrdsvc
As this is a legitimate executable that included with many versions of Windows, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name as this process but be stored somewhere other than in %SystemRoot%\System32\eHome. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.

There should never be more than one instance of mcrdsvc.exe running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. If you do not have Media Center-capable version of Windows, the presence of this executable is a likely sign of a virus infection.

Common problems
  • This program tries to act as a server
    • This is by design. You can deny the service access or disable it if you do not want Media Center extenders to access your media library.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
010 Installed services

Digital signatures found for this file

3 Microsoft Windows Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer

MD5 security rating in our database

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3 files (Safe and digitally signed)
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