What is snddrv.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 snddrv.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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Snddrv.exe file information

The process known as Sound Driver appears to belong to software Hektor or Sound Driver by Sound Driver.

Description: Snddrv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Snddrv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 55,808 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 57,344 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The snddrv.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Snddrv.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 98% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name snddrv.exe, for example WORM_VB.BDB or WORM_AUTORUN.DZF (detected by TrendMicro), and Worm:Win32/Autorun.MM or Trojan:Win32/VB (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the snddrv.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

snddrv.exe is a worm W32.Rbot-BSC. exploits numerous backdoor security issues in windows and disables automatic updates of winxp sp1/sp2 in order to keep vunerabilities open
  A . O'Neill UK   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of snddrv.exe: based on 2 votes with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks snddrv.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving snddrv issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with snddrv. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 snddrv.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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