What is Smax4pnp.exe

SoundMAXPnP - SMax4PNP Application - Analog Devices, Inc.

File description

Smax4pnp.exe with description SoundMAXPnP is a process file from company Analog Devices, Inc. belonging to product SMax4PNP Application.
The file is digitally signed from Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - Microsoft Timestamping Service
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What is smax4pnp.exe?
This is a component of the Analog Sound Max audio driver. 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, it may be necessary to leave this running in order to have sound. If this process is not running, there is the possibility that you may not have sound. Deleting it may require a reinstallation of the drivers. If this process causes problems for you, however, there should be no serious harm in disabling it.

Dangers of smax4pnp
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 smax4pnp.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.
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • Some versions of the Sound Max audio driver are known to be buggy. Download and install the most recent version. If the problem persists, disable 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
005 Current user startup startmenu
135 Current User Runonce (+ subkeys)

Digital signatures found for this file

53 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - Microsoft Timestamping Service
14 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - Microsoft Time-Stamp Service
12 Microsoft Windows Hardware Compatibility Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer
1 Analog Devices Incorporated - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer

MD5 security rating in our database

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80 files (Safe and digitally signed)
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