What is sndvol32.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 sndvol32.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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Sndvol32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sndvol32
Sndvol32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Volume Control or Generic Host Process for Win32 Services belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: The original sndvol32.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. Sndvol32.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 138,752 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 139,264 bytes, 139,776 bytes or 155,648 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The sndvol32.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If sndvol32.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 32% dangerous. The file size is 286,599 bytes. The program has a visible window. It is a file with no information about its developer. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file. sndvol32.exe appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sndvol32.exe, for example W32.SillyFDC (detected by Symantec), and AutoIt:AutoRun-A2 (detected by Avast). Therefore, you should check the sndvol32.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

is a volume display
It seems to give me problems at start-up. I also feel it is an attack. No I won't use your free scan. Cause free scans can also attack my computer.
  Patate PilĂ©e  

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Summary: Average user rating of sndvol32.exe: based on 14 votes with 2 user comments. 12 users think sndvol32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade sndvol32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving sndvol32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sndvol32. 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 sndvol32.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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