What is aeaudio?

The genuine aeaudio.sys file is a software component of SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio by Andrea Electronics.
"aeaudio.sys" is a Windows kernel driver for the Andrea Audio Driver, also known as the SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio driver. The file provides functionality for audio processing, microphone processing, microphone noise cancellation features, advanced audio controls, etc. SoundMAX audio chips are often integrated into Intel desktop motherboards and use this driver to process the audio features of the PC. Andrea Electronics was founded in 1934 and is based in New York. They develop leading audio technology that includes innovative headphones, 3D audio recording, speech recognition, video conferencing, and much more.

AeAudio stands for Andrea Audio Stub Driver

Aeaudio.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if aeaudio.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Aeaudio.sys file information

The process known as Andrea Audio Stub Driver or Andrea Audio Noise Cancellation Driver or Audio Noise Filtering Driver (version (32-bit)) belongs to software Andrea Audio Driver or AE Audio Service by Andrea Electronics (

Description: Aeaudio.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The aeaudio.sys file is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 4,816 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 100,224 bytes and 14 more variants. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It is not a Windows system file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. aeaudio.sys appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify aeaudio.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as aeaudio.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the aeaudio.sys 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

audio tubiCris
driver for Soundmax Integrated Digital Audio
part of SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio (search for the filename on
  Klobi   (further information)
it is at part of intel desktop Board audio Driver
Andrea Audio Noise Cancellation Driver. Functionality: Microphone (part of SoundMAX). Removal will screw up mic recording/quality at a _minimum_.
  ComputerAdept   (further information)
During my game Counterstrike on XP, it sometimes hogs the CPU (50%) causing jerky movement.

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Summary: Average user rating of aeaudio.sys: based on 14 votes with 6 user comments. 8 users think aeaudio.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks aeaudio.sys is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving aeaudio issues

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