What is 3dsmax.exe?

The genuine 3dsmax.exe file is a software component of 3D Studio MAX by Autodesk.
3dsmax.exe is an executable file that runs the 3D Studio MAX program, a professional computer graphics software application used for 3D modeling. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. 3D Studio Max is a modeling software that offers capabilities for modeling, animation, simulation and rendering for images, games, film and motion graphics. It features shaders, or programs that can teach a computer to use appropriate levels of color. The first version of 3D Max was created for MS-DOS by Gary Yost and the Yost Group in 1990. Autodesk, Inc. is an American software company that develops software for many industrial companies that consist of architectural, construction, engineering, manufacturing, media, and entertainment firms. John Walker, who helped design early AutoCAD products founded Autodesk in 1982. The company is headquartered in San Rafael, California. It generates more than $2 billion in revenue and employs over 7,500 people.

3DSMAX stands for 3D Studio MAX

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the 3dsmax.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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3dsmax.exe file information

The process known as 3ds Max application or 3ds max application belongs to software Autodesk (version 3ds Max 9 32-bit, 3ds Max 8) or 3ds max by Autodesk ( or Discreet, a division of Autodesk.

Description: 3dsmax.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. 3dsmax.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 5,294,592 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 4,370,432 bytes, 10,737,960 bytes, 5,946,368 bytes or 5,947,904 bytes. 
The program is not visible. 3dsmax.exe is not a Windows system file. 3dsmax.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 49% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with SolidRocks for max 2013/2014/2015 or Autodesk 3ds Max 9 32-bit occur, you could contact to assist you or uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program.

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If 3dsmax.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 44% dangerous. The file size is 5,946,368 bytes. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The 3dsmax.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. 3dsmax.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Autodesk 3ds Max 9 32-bit occur, you could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as 3dsmax.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the 3dsmax.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

3ds max (3D Studio MAX) program file
  username   (further information)
it can be used to install warcraft 3 art tool
  Simen M. Hansen  
Is an application program for 3D Modeling, Not even dangerous, If it's not ran by Autodesk (the company) be suspicious
  Matt   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of 3dsmax.exe: based on 5 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think 3dsmax.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks 3dsmax.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving 3dsmax issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with 3dsmax. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the 3dsmax.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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