What is Media Dashboard?
Media Dashboard (also known as Windows Media Center Diagnostic Application, Media Dashboard v2, Windows Media Center, Multimedia Fusion Stand Alone Application, etc.) is an application that has aroused various discussions among the Internet users. One of the users reported:
Hey there, in my sound mixer, I have something called media dashboard… I’ve never seen this icon before, I’m used to Itunes, chrome, or windows sounds… but this is new. It makes random sounds, or broadcasts random things like ads or music.
In fact, the extract above does not imply anything very serious. Nevertheless, one important fact is mentioned there. It has been found that Media Dashboard can slither onto computers as an attachment of another freeware, which is why users often are negatively surprised after finding it running in the background of the system out of nowhere. There is no data obtained yet that Media Dashboard would be used for advertising or similar means, but it may happen that one day it starts showing sponsored ads during your browsing. However, security experts have found out that this system tool is very suspicious since it may diminish your computer’s performance significantly. Once installed, it takes up much space on the memory and hard drive. Besides, it will continuously run the stdrt.exe process, which is using CPU power, especially when you are viewing online videos, which, by the way, may not load in a proper manner until Media Dashboard is installed. Therefore, if you don’t want to transfer your computer’s resources to a useless application, you should take needed actions and remove Media Dashboard virus from your machine right away. For that, we recommend using Reimage (Windows OS), Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus (Mac OS X) or another reputable anti-spyware.
How can Media Dashboard hijack my computer?
You probably have already understood that Media Dashboard is not the program that is recommended using. Although it does not have anything in common with viruses, malware or other computer threats, it may burden your PC’s performance, diminish your web browser’s performance and cause other technical issues. Thus, if you are reading this article, then most probably you are one of those people who want to keep a computer PUP and virus free. Most probably you already known that viruses tend to spread via spam, fake updates, corrupted websites and similar means. However, if you want to protect your machine from less dangerous apps, such as Media Dashboard, you should also pay an appropriate amount of attention to the freeware’s installation process. That’s because ‘software packages’ or freewares filled with various attachments (add-ons, plug-ins, toolbars, extensions) are extremely widely spread these days, especially on popular third-party websites (CNET, Softonic, Soft32, etc.). Fortunately, it’s possible to decline the installation of ‘additional components’. For that, you have to select Advanced/Custom installation option and unmark check boxes saying that you agree with the installation of Media Dashboard or another unfamiliar tool.
How to remove Media Dashboard virus?
Usually, Media Dashboard can be removed via Add/Remove Programs list. For that, you should perform the following steps:
- Click Start -> Control Panel -> Programs (or Add/Remove Programs) -> Uninstall a Program.
- Here, look for the Media Dashboard and similar entries and select ‘Uninstall/Change’.
- Click OK to save the changes