What is CxUtilSvc.exe?

The genuine CxUtilSvc.exe file is a software component of Conexant SmartAudio II by Conexant Systems.
Conexant SmartAudio II is an audio driver interface for audio chipsets manufactured by Conexant. CxUtilSvc.exe runs the Conexant Utility Service, a core process associated with Conexant SmartAudio II. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. Conexant SmartAudio II is a driver interface that lets users control program settings related to Conexant audio chipsets. The program allows the customisability of certain aspects of the installed audio hardware. Conexant SmartAudio II is available for the Windows platform. Conexant Systems, Inc. is an American company that designs and develops fabless semiconductors and computer software. Its products are chiefly used in modems, imaging, voice and audio processing equipment. The company primarily provides products for voice and audio processing, imaging and modems. Conexant Systems was spun off from Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, Inc. in 1999 and quickly became the largest communications-IC company in the world. Conexant is headquartered in Irvine, California, USA.

CxUtilSvc stands for Conexant Utility Service

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 CxUtilSvc.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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CxUtilSvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CxUtilSvc
CxUtilSvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Utility Service belongs to software Utility Service or Dell Audio by Conexant Systems (

Description: CxUtilSvc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The CxUtilSvc.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 109,184 bytes (75% of all occurrences), 132,096 bytes or 135,288 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The CxUtilSvc.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file has a digital signature. It is a Verisign signed file. CxUtilSvc.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ Dell Audio.

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If CxUtilSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 22% dangerous. The file size is 138,872 bytes. The program is not visible. CxUtilSvc.exe is a Verisign signed file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. CxUtilSvc.exe is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CxUtilSvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CxUtilSvc.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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Best practices for resolving CxUtilSvc issues

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