What is HsMgr.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 HsMgr.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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HsMgr.exe file information

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

The process known as HsMgr Application or HsMgr belongs to software HsMgr by DreamACE.

Description: HsMgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HsMgr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 200,704 bytes. 
There is no file information. The HsMgr.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. HsMgr.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. HsMgr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 81% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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User Comments

Hsmgr.exe is a driver component for Asus, Auzentech, Creative and other sound cards. HsMgr.exe (32-bit) and HsMgr64.exe (64-bit) are services that provide the GX2.0 features. Under Vista, they also enable Directsound 2D/3D/EAX for applications, so it is not a good idea to disable them. These run at startup and in many cases you will be asked to allow the file to run on each startup. To eliminate that behavior and allow it on all bootups, open the file properties, and on the General tab click the "Unblock" button.
HsMgr.exe and HsMgr64.exe are files installed with Auzentech soundcards. Mine is specifically the XMystique Gold. Im pretty sure it installs with the rest. I disabled it once and my sounds were rendered mute.
  James Baze   (further information)
It and hsmgr64.exe are associated with Asus Xonar Audio drivers.
  Jason M. Bliss  
this file wants to run every time I boot up - windows 7 ult - just installed ASUS soundcard therefore verifying comments here, looking to reslove problemthankyou
  dave d  
Part of driver for sound card ASUS Xonar D1
In my case it came with my ASUS soundcard. make sure you run only the right version. there are 64 bit and 32 bit one... if you run the false one it could make problems!
Asus Sound card
its stop other programs from starting
Asus Soundcard unknow exe file , but it sure comes with the asus xondar d2x card software
It is a sound card file .. for myself, the HT Omega Striker 7.1 surround
  Trae K.  
It is insalled by Asus Xonar DG audio firmware drivers for the Xonar Audio center. Xonar DG will not work properly without this.
Installed with Asus Xonar ST, but for some reason it doesn't need the program to work for the sound to work, and it prevents other programs from running, such as web browsers.
I have an HT-Omega eClaro 7.1 card. Based on others' comments, it looks like this is a driver, or app that enables special features of the card. I did not try to disable it. Looks safe.
Asus audio driver component, comes with UniXonar too. Leave it running.
I too have an HT Omega Striker 7.1, installed along with the software and drivers. (I've yet to contact HT Omega for the files purpose, since I've yet to have any problems related to it.)
  John Anon.  
Asus xonar
Installed with ASUS Xonar Xense
Asus Xonar STX driver
  trexiL   (further information)
ASUS Xonar DS Audio Center Autostart
  Christer H   (further information)
After installing an Asus soundcard I noticed this program runs at startup. I believe it is a driver/app for the card and the DSP software (Xonar DG Audio Center).
  David   (further information)
log: Trojan Remover Ver Value Name: [Cmaudio8788GX] Value Data: [C:\Windows\syswow64\HsMgr.exe Envoke] C:\Windows\syswow64\HsMgr.exe 200704 bytes Created: 24/07/2013 11:01 Modified: 11/07/2008 15:04 Company:
  pepelasal   (further information)
Installed with asus essence st in this case Win7 64bit fix: start run (or search programme and files) msconfig. Find the HsMgr entries in startup tab. Deselect the non 64 bit exe (c:\windows\syswow64\HsMgr.exe Envoke). Press OK and follow restart prompts
  Richo in oz  
ASUS program for soundcards 100% safe.
  oscar   (further information)
Got installed with my Asus Essence II 7.1 sound card. It can sometimes slow down system start up for other programs. Disabling it mutes sounds.
came with asus xonar apparently but was blocked untill I read this. i had no problems with my soundcard when blocked so you can do without.
Needs to be run in order to start sound for Diamond Audio.
  Brad Merle  
xrear sound audio
It appeared just after I installed an ASUS Xonar audio card driver. Prompts to start at every Windows boot. Killed either process (x32 or x64) and the sound disappeared. I have had other sound cards from Creative but, unlike others in the comments mentioned, they didn't use this process, which makes me a bit suspicious, not to mention the absence of any signature.
I had this process crash multiple different games with my HT Omega eClaro 7.1. It was the difference between blue screening and not. Didn't disable it, but if I ended the process before starting the game/program I would have no issues. Also, I add that it in no way hindered my audio output. I don't know why but from what I can tell it has to do with the C-Media Audio Controller which I know that Asus and HT Omega both have in common. That is where the driver issue comes in. I have manually updated the C-Media driver via the cmedia website in the Control Panel and I had unbelievable issues until I downgraded back to the driver that came with the latest update for my Sound Card. Obviously this is a picky little process and obviously I have rambled far too long.
  Sysmai   (further information)
Claro Halo (or any HT Omega) sound card needs it.
I use a Asus Xonar DX PCI Express7.1 Audio Card and will not have sound on my system if I disable or delete it.
  Roland Nanni  
Asus xonar
Used for my Asus soundcard.
Asus sound drivers - safe
HsMgr.exe as it is said above is used with its Asus cards. I had this pop up on startup I uninstall is install again the software of my card and everything works again.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HsMgr.exe: based on 53 votes with 35 user comments. 30 users think HsMgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 11 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think HsMgr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade HsMgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving HsMgr issues

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