What is devldr32.exe?

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 devldr32.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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Devldr32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with devldr32
Devldr32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as DevLdr32 belongs to software Creative Ring3 NT Inteface by Creative Technology (

Description: Devldr32.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file devldr32.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 24,064 bytes (84% of all occurrences), 25,600 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. Devldr32.exe is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 11% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If devldr32.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 7,680 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as devldr32.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the devldr32.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

It kept coming back until I removed Devcon32.dll
I had A REALTEK CARD - it crappd out and I could not Fix my warbly sound, and could find no recent drivers for it. I ripped it out and went to a sound blaster card (Creative Labs) and no problems with devldr32.exe. with legacy divers, or my sound, It may be a problem for heavy Gamers. Check your DirectX and devldr32 size. but no probs for me. (with only 3,388 kb).
  Darren D.  
A part of an installation package of a creative sound card
Nicknamed "Devildoor". Slows down processes, but apparently not harmful other than that.
  tha maccc  
its dangurous but system gaurd is blocking it from starting so i need help to get rid of it
  Thomas Maher  
this has been bugging me for a while too. I thought it might be a Virous of somesort too but was wrong. it is a Creative labs (soundblaster)file. I have one of there ards inmy comp. with 5.1 surround support but only use 2 speakers. I opened task manager, rightclicked on the service and set priority to real time, refreshed the list and it went away, I think because it is not being used.
I had a warning about a computer wanting to join my network. I stopped the action. Found a trojan program and ran mcafee virus scan and quarantined it. however computer was running slower. Then found this program running and tried numerous times to to get rid of it. I suspect it as a virus, trojan.
Potentially dangerous - Can be malware. Mostly not needed on majority of systems. To delete -- rename the devldr32.dll , then check the dllcache directory - find entry delete. reboot system , should fix.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of devldr32.exe: based on 89 votes with 9 reviews. 18 users think devldr32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 15 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 22 users suspect danger. 30 users think devldr32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 10 users don't grade devldr32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving devldr32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with devldr32. 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 devldr32.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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