What is soundman.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 soundman.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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Soundman.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with soundman
Soundman.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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 ( or Avance Logic (

Description: Soundman.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Soundman.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or in a subfolder of C:\ or in C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 77,824 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 577,536 bytes and 37 more variants. 
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: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\RunServices, Winlogon\Shell, DEFAULT\Run). The program has no visible window. Soundman.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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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.


User Comments

Ac97 Sound Card Driver
Safe (from Realtek), but non-essential - only places an icon on systray.
Part of Realtek AC'97 process
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
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
soundmanager for realtek sound
It is a Realtek Sound Manager from the Realtek AC97 and HD Audio Codec.
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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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Best practices for resolving soundman issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with soundman. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 soundman.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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