What is Smax4.exe?

The genuine Smax4.exe file is a software component of SoundMAX by Analog Devices.
Smax4.exe is an executable file that belongs to Analog Devices SoundMax, an onboard soundcard that comes installed on many motherboards chipsets manufactured by various electronic equipment manufacturers. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Analog Devices is an American company that develops solutions in data conversion and signal processing technology. The company manufactures analog, mixed-signal and DSP (digital signal processing) that are widely used in electronic equipment. Analog Devices was founded by Ray Stata and Matthew Lorber, two MIT graduates, in 1965 and is currently headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, USA.

SMAX4 stands for SoundMAX (version 4) Control Center

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 Smax4.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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Smax4.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with Smax4
Smax4.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Audio Control Panel or SoundMAX Control Center belongs to software SoundMAX or SoundMAX Control Panel or Audio Control Panel by Analog Devices (

Description: Smax4.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Smax4.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 729,088 bytes (26% of all occurrences), 860,160 bytes and 12 more variants. 
Smax4.exe is not a Windows system file. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > SoundMAX).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as Smax4.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the Smax4.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

SoundMAX files for internal sound board on asus mobo
Control Panel For Analog Devices SoundMAX chipset Soundcards/On-board Sound.
For SoundMax Audio Device, it's safe
Not dangerous ;)
it is essential for the sound audio system of the is the control panel for the soundcard of Analog Devices.
System Tray icon for SoundMax integrated sound. Those sound properties can be accessed through the Start Menu or Control Panel.
  Adriano Z.   (further information)
My sound card works fine even though I disabled it

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Summary: Average user rating of Smax4.exe: based on 9 votes with 7 user comments. 6 users think Smax4.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving Smax4 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Smax4. 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 Smax4.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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