What is HsMgr.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 HsMgr.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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HsMgr.exe file information

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

The process known as HsMgr Application belongs to software HsMgr by unknown.

Description: HsMgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HsMgr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. The file size on Windows 8/7/XP is 200,704 bytes. 
There is no file information. The HsMgr.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. HsMgr.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. HsMgr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 82% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HsMgr.exe. Therefore, you should check the HsMgr.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

Hsmgr.exe is a driver component for Asus, Auzentech, Creative and other sound cards. HsMgr.exe (32-bit) and HsMgr64.exe (64-bit) are services that provide the GX2.0 features. Under Vista, they also enable Directsound 2D/3D/EAX for applications, so it is not a good idea to disable them. These run at startup and in many cases you will be asked to allow the file to run on each startup. To eliminate that behavior and allow it on all bootups, open the file properties, and on the General tab click the "Unblock" button.
HsMgr.exe and HsMgr64.exe are files installed with Auzentech soundcards. Mine is specifically the XMystique Gold. Im pretty sure it installs with the rest. I disabled it once and my sounds were rendered mute.
  James Baze   (further information)
It and hsmgr64.exe are associated with Asus Xonar Audio drivers.
  Jason M. Bliss  
this file wants to run every time I boot up - windows 7 ult - just installed ASUS soundcard therefore verifying comments here, looking to reslove problemthankyou
  dave d  
Part of driver for sound card ASUS Xonar D1
In my case it came with my ASUS soundcard. make sure you run only the right version. there are 64 bit and 32 bit one... if you run the false one it could make problems!
Asus Sound card
its stop other programs from starting
Asus Soundcard unknow exe file , but it sure comes with the asus xondar d2x card software
It is a sound card file .. for myself, the HT Omega Striker 7.1 surround
  Trae K.  
It is insalled by Asus Xonar DG audio firmware drivers for the Xonar Audio center. Xonar DG will not work properly without this.
Installed with Asus Xonar ST, but for some reason it doesn't need the program to work for the sound to work, and it prevents other programs from running, such as web browsers.
I have an HT-Omega eClaro 7.1 card. Based on others' comments, it looks like this is a driver, or app that enables special features of the card. I did not try to disable it. Looks safe.
Asus audio driver component, comes with UniXonar too. Leave it running.
I too have an HT Omega Striker 7.1, installed along with the software and drivers. (I've yet to contact HT Omega for the files purpose, since I've yet to have any problems related to it.)
  John Anon.  
Asus xonar
Installed with ASUS Xonar Xense
Asus Xonar STX driver
  trexiL   (further information)
ASUS Xonar DS Audio Center Autostart
  Christer H   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HsMgr.exe: based on 28 votes with 19 user comments. 15 users think HsMgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think HsMgr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving HsMgr issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HsMgr. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 HsMgr.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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