Third party antivirus suites often flag the “Digital TV tuner device registration application” as being something which can slow your PC down.
McAfee, Avast and Node 32 are examples of antiviruses which pick up the Digital TV Tuner Device Registration as a potential threat, and this can occur on various Windows versions including 7, 8.1 and 10.
Some antivirus programs will report this app slowing down the PC by as much as 70% or even more, which is why people are concerned about what it even is, and whether it is a good idea to delete it altogether.
Let’s take a look at what Digital TV Tuner Device Registration actually is.
What Exactly is Digital TV Tuner Device Registration Application?
Digital TV Tuner Device Registration is one of Windows Media Center’s scheduled tasks. It enables you to watch premium digital cable TV on your computer, as long as you have a cable provider and already have access to these channels via entering your credentials.
Digital TV Tuner Device Registration’s main process is ehPrivJob.exe and this is used to scout for any digital cable tuners attached to a PC. The ‘eh’ part refers to eHome which is part of this whole app.
So is it Safe?
There is no need to delete the “Digital TV Tuner Device Registration app” or any of its processes (such as ehPrivJob.exe) for safety reasons, because it is not a threat to the security of your computer.
However, if it slows down performance, you might be tempted. Certain antivirus programs might claim it slows down performance by 70% but it could also be true they would prefer to sell you an alternative!
ehPrivJob.exe can slow down system resources when your PC is first booting up, but once it is booted up and running it should not interfere with the performance of your system unless you are actively making use of the TV tuning feature.
Reasons to Remove Digital TV Tuner Device Registration
Although, when idle, ehPrivJob.exe barely uses any system resources, sometimes there might be a bug causing it to run even when the PC is not doing TV tuning tasks.
In this case, the app might end up making and storing huge files on your disks, as well as invalid registry entries which might negatively impact your PC’s performance.
If you do watch TV channels using your computer, then you will not want to remove Digital TV Tuner Device Registration because this will mean you can’t watch them anymore.
If on the other hand you never watch TV on your PC and you find that ehPrivJob.exe negatively affects your computer, you might prefer just to delete it.
Important: Before You Remove Digital TV Tuner Device Registration
If you want to remove this app because it seems to be using a lot of system resources and slowing your computer down, first you should check whether it actually is this app that is responsible.
There are various ways to verify this, and using Task Manager is the easiest. You will be able to discover which processes are using a lot of your system resources, and find out whether Digital TV Tuner Device Registration is one of the culprits.
These are the steps to take:
- Open Task Manager and go to “Processes” tab.
- Look for “Digital TV Tuner Device Registration” or “ehPrivJob.exe“.
- Look at the Memory and CPU resources that are currently being used by the process.
Note: Using over 10% of the CPU or 100MB of memory means it is negatively affecting the system performance.
How to Remove Digital TV Tuner Device Registration?
If you discover that Digital TV Tuner Device Registration is actually responsible for the computer issues there are ways to solve it.
What removing Digital TV Tuner Device Registration means is taking away the ability of your PC to act like a TV and allow you to watch TV channels on the PC screen.
If you don’t mind this, you can disable Windows Media Center by using the Windows Add/Remove Programs tool.
This is what you need to do:
- Press the “Windows key + R” (this opens a Run dialog box).
- Type this then press Enter: appwiz.cpl (this opens “Programs and Files“)
When Windows Media is completely loaded:
- Click on its drop down menu and uncheck both “Media Features” and “Windows Media Player“.
- Press “Yes” then “OK“.
That’s all you need to know about Digital TV Tuner Device Registration Application.
As you can see this app is not a security threat and it’s not necessary to disable or delete it.
On the other hand, you can disable it to increase speed of your PC.
You can check video instructions below.
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