What is SMAgent.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 SMAgent.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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SMAgent.exe file information

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

The process known as SoundMAX service agent component belongs to software SoundMAX service agent or PowerVault Modular Disk or SoundMAX service agent component by Analog Devices (

Description: SMAgent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SMAgent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 45,056 bytes (99% of all occurrences), 65,536 bytes or 69,632 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. SMAgent.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 42% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with SMAgent.exe, you may also remove the entire program SoundMAX or Digital Audio MB using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify SMAgent.exe related errors

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

Belongs to IBM System Stoeage DS Storage Manager 10
Soundmax... if your antiv. software finds it dangerous then you should update it, I mean both of them.
Sound driver
It's runing on my Compaq Evo N410c
IBM Storage Manager Agent - IBM SAN Storage interface.
anything that reports data from my computer drains it
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not required
HP/Compaq DC7100 Small Form Factor PC audio driver
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SMAgent.exe: based on 96 votes with 9 reviews. 76 users think SMAgent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 9 users think SMAgent.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade SMAgent.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SMAgent issues

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