What is SmartAudio.exe?

The genuine SmartAudio.exe file is a software component of Conexant SmartAudio by Conexant Systems.
Conexant SmartAudio is an audio driver interface for audio chipsets manufactured by Conexant. SAIICpl.exe runs the control panel interface for Conexant SmartAudio. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Conexant SmartAudio is a driver interface that lets users control program settings related to Conexant audio chipsets. The program allows the customisability of certain aspects of the installed audio hardware. Conexant SmartAudio is available for the Windows platform. Conexant Systems, Inc. is an American company that designs and develops fabless semiconductors and computer software. Its products are chiefly used in modems, imaging, voice and audio processing equipment. The company primarily provides products for voice and audio processing, imaging and modems. Conexant Systems was spun off from Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, Inc. in 1999 and quickly became the largest communications-IC company in the world. Conexant is headquartered in Irvine, California, USA.

SmartAudio stands for Conexant SmartAudio

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 SmartAudio.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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SmartAudio.exe file information

The process known as SmartAudio belongs to software SmartAudio or Conexant SmartAudio by Conexant Systems ( or Conexant (

Description: SmartAudio.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SmartAudio.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,067,864 bytes (11% of all occurrences), 685,112 bytes and 12 more variants. 
SmartAudio.exe is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous.

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


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Best practices for resolving SmartAudio issues

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