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What does the MtdAcq.EXE file do?

The MtdAcq.EXE process is also known as Metadata monitor and is a part of Metadata monitor. This software is produced by Creative Technology (www.creative.com). An obsolete or defective version of MtdAcq.EXE can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about MtdAcq.EXE Metadata monitor

MtdAcq.EXE is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. MtdAcq.EXE is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 118,862 bytes (80% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 122,956 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. It is no part of Microsoft Windows. When Windows starts, this process is automatically started at the same time (Registry: Run). For this reason, 50% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves MtdAcq.EXE. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.

What do other computer users say about MtdAcq?

It is a part of Creative MediaSource which monitors directories for media files. Probably hogs CPU & memory.
Media Sniffer for Creative MediaSource
Mike Herold
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.
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
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

Summary: 3 users judge MtdAcq.EXE to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. source: file.net

How to uninstall Metadata monitor

To remove Metadata monitor from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Metadata monitor in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if MtdAcq.EXE (Metadata monitor) was uninstalled cleanly

After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Metadata monitor. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Metadata monitor or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.

What to do if a program does not uninstall

The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.

Last but not least

If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or MtdAcq.EXE is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.

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