What is DrvLsnr.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 DrvLsnr.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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DrvLsnr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DrvLsnr
DrvLsnr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as DrvLsnr or DrvListnr belongs to software adi DrvLsnr or adi DrvListnr by adi (

Description: DrvLsnr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The DrvLsnr.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (mostly C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (98% of all occurrences), 77,824 bytes or 81,920 bytes. 
DrvLsnr.exe is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program has no visible window. DrvLsnr.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer Compaq provides a website for help and for updates. There is also an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ Compaq/ADI SoundMAX).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DrvLsnr.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the DrvLsnr.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

Compaq/ADI SoundMAX integrated digital audio controller related
Also used on HP machines
it is defo for sound max i uninstalled my sound mx driver and i no longer had this system process but when i re installed it was back so it is 100% SAFE

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Summary: Average user rating of DrvLsnr.exe: based on 16 votes with 3 user comments. 14 users think DrvLsnr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user thinks DrvLsnr.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving DrvLsnr issues

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