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Is soundman.exe safe?

Soundman.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if soundman.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.


Soundman.exe file information

The process known as Realtek Sound Manager or Avance Sound Manager or Avance Sound Effect Manager belongs to software Realtek Sound Manager or Realtek HD Sound Manager or Avance Sound Manager or Avance Sound Effect Manager v by Realtek Semiconductor (www.realtek.com.tw) or Avance Logic (www.avance.com).

Description: Soundman.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. soundman.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or in a subfolder of C:\ or in C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 77,824 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 577,536 bytes and 37 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/soundman.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows system file. The soundman.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The program has no visible window. Soundman.exe is able to record inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.

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If soundman.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 75% dangerous. The file size is 57,344 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 183,808 bytes, 1,244,040 bytes, 221,016 bytes or 112,034 bytes. The soundman.exe file is not a Windows core file. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). Soundman.exe is able to monitor applications and hide itself.

If soundman.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 463,360 bytes. The program has no file description. The soundman.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Shell, HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The file is not a Windows core file. Soundman.exe is able to record inputs.

If soundman.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 44,544 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "SISSoundman": Related to a Silicon Integrated Systems Corp (SiS) product?
  • "soundman" is not required to run at start up. System Tray icon for the Realtek AC97 Audio Sound Manager for AC97 onboard audio. Available via Start → Settings→ Control Panel

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as soundman.exe, for example Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec), and Worm:Win32/Mansund.gen!A (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the soundman.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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User Comments

Ac97 Sound Card Driver
  Impossible  
Safe (from Realtek), but non-essential - only places an icon on systray.
  Mik  
Part of Realtek AC'97 process
  MarRen23  
Object: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Purble Place\PurblePlace.exe Threat: Win32/Virut.NBP virus Information: RTL 8100C 5710751
   
I-Worm Stration can attach itself to this program
  Kim-Duthie  
If you dont have Realtek AC'97 Audio that SOUNDMAN.EXE can be a virus and if you have Realtek AC'97 Audio leave it where it is until you uninstal Realtek AC'97 Audio
  V1Ru2  
soundmanager for realtek sound
  jethro  
It is a Realtek Sound Manager from the Realtek AC97 and HD Audio Codec.
  Angeluz_Villaluz   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of soundman.exe: based on 77 votes with 9 reviews.
53 users think soundman.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 8 users think soundman.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade soundman.exe ("not sure about it").


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