What is SBDrvDet.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 SBDrvDet.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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SBDrvDet.exe file information

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

The process known as SBDrvDet.exe belongs to software Creative Sound Blaster Drive Detector by Creative Technology (

Description: SBDrvDet.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SBDrvDet.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\Creative\SB Drive Det\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 45,056 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows system file. SBDrvDet.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

sound card driver detector
Teil der Creative Labs Audigy Soundkarte
should be left on for normal functioning of a soundblaster sound card
leave it alove
Teil des SB Audigy Treibers - kann bei Problemen mit AV Guards aus der Autostart enfernt werden und bei Bedarf manuell im Creative Installationsordner\SB Drive Det gestartet werden
Do not remove; constantly chekcs for available drives
Creative Labs - sound card
Acompanies SB soundcard software package, checks for drivers.
Detects the "Easy Front-Panel Audio Connectivity Drive Internal Drive Bay" that comes with certain Sound Blaster audio cards.. Can be disabled if you don't use the internal drive bay.
  GlooooomY   (further information)
Detects the "Easy Front-Panel Audio Connectivity Drive Internal Drive Bay" on the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinium eX. Can be disabled if you don't have one
  Dynamo Hum  

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Summary: Average user rating of SBDrvDet.exe: based on 10 votes with 10 user comments. 8 users think SBDrvDet.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks SBDrvDet.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SBDrvDet issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SBDrvDet. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the SBDrvDet.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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