What is Mediadet.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 Mediadet.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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Mediadet.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Mediadet
Mediadet.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Disc Detector belongs to software Creative Disc Detector by Creative Technology (

Description: Mediadet.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Mediadet.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files (x86)"—typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Creative\ShareDLL\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 165,888 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 167,424 bytes, 164,864 bytes or 165,376 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The Mediadet.exe file is not a Windows system file. 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 Mediadet.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Mediadet.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

This process is a backgorund running app. that Cretive Technologies uses for some features of it's Soundblaster Cards. It's pretty much harmless as it takes little power from the comp while it's inactive.
  Chaos Knight  
a bunch of windows pop ups fill up your screen until you have end it with Task Manager
  Kiet Le  
Will no longer initialize on Win2K SP4 but used to work fine in SP3. Is used to simply detect id a multimedia CD or DVD has been inserted into a ROM Drive.
  Stefan Flin   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of Mediadet.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think Mediadet.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving Mediadet issues

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