I found this site while looking for information on an application -- stdrt.exe -- I hope someone can help me.
A LITTLE HISTORY:
My computer is the ripe old age of seven, and I don't expect it to run that fast, though I try to take care of it: defragment every couple of months, uninstal games I no longer play --and any other programs I don't want. I have installed all the memory I could fit, and I recently invested in an external hard drive, putting all my music on it and freeing up several gigs. I have had few problems--never anything major.
Then, around the time I updated to iTunes 11 (I know--I've since uninstalled and gone back to a version of 10 that I still had the .lib file for--works great now), my computer got really slow and I started getting lots of performance alerts from my Norton 360. I blamed iTunes for all! But then, after the downgrade, the problem didn't go away.
I've been writing it off as my computer just getting old. BUT, one alert has continued to catch my attention because I just had no idea what it was talking about...
The performance alert was for High Memory Usage by something Norton called "Media Dashboard." --"Media Dashboard???" said I, every time this came up. What the heck is that? Usually, I blew it off as some Vista update thingy that I couldn't do much about... It sounded official enough, right? Yeah...
But in my more curious moments, I would try to find the application and figure out what it was supposed to be doing. Could I just uninstall it, I wondered? Did I need it?
Well, the long and short is that I still have no idea what it is, but I can tell you this much. The actual application name is stdrt.exe, and it is created upon boot at file path: C:\Windows\temp\mrtC293.tmp
I couldn't find much about it from a casual google search. I did find this site (http://www.file.net/process/stdrt.exe.html) with some info, but I have no idea how legit that site is. Nor this one, now that you mention it--but I've liked the responses I've seen to other's inquiries here thus far; so here I am, begging for your mercy!
So at last, it comes down to this: What the heck is this file? Is it malware? Can I get rid of it without labotomizing my computer? What is the best way to go about this?
Thank you for your expertise! And valuable time! Let me know if there is any further information I can provide.