What is Smax4.exe

SoundMAX - Audio Control Panel - Analog Devices, Inc.

File description

Smax4.exe with description SoundMAX is a process file from company Analog Devices, Inc. belonging to product Audio Control Panel.
The file is not digitally signed.

What is smax4.exe?
This is SoundMax Control Center. It is installed as part of the drivers for any motherboard with Sound Max audio (including Asus), as well as any pre-built computers (including many Dell computers) with this variety of integrated audio.

This process is not essential to the operation of the system; however, terminating this process will result in the loss of the SoundMax system tray icon. You should not delete this program, as it may result in needing to reinstall the drivers. If this process causes problems for you, however, there should be no serious harm in disabling it.

Dangers of smax4
As this is a legitimate executable that is installed on most systems with Analog Sound Max audio, it is possible for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name as this process but be stored somewhere other than in %ProgramFiles%\Analog Devices\SoundMAX. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. While there are currently no known viruses, Trojans, or adware applications that disguise themselves as this process, you should look out for the presence of this file in an incorrect location or with a slightly different name.

There is typically only one instance of smax4.exe running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection. If you do not have a motherboard with Sound Max audio, the presence of this executable is a likely sign of a virus infection.

Common problems
  • This process interferes with the system shutdown process
    • This problem is known to occur occasionally. Try updating your audio drivers to the most recent version. If the problem persists, try disabling the process.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User
004 All users startup startmenu
067 Winlogon notify

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1 files (Safe and not signed)
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