What is stsystra.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 stsystra.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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Stsystra.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with stsystra
Stsystra.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Sigmatel Audio system tray application or IDT PC Audio belongs to software C-Major Audio or IDT PC Audio by SigmaTel ( or IDT (

Description: Stsystra.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The stsystra.exe file is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 282,624 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 339,968 bytes and 7 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The stsystra.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Stsystra.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as stsystra.exe, for example TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_UNRUY.KA (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the stsystra.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

Audio Driver for Dell XPS Laptop
needed for good sounding music audio, don't disable.
It is not needed for sound. My sound works just fine when I end Sigmatel's processes. When running in the background, it takes up a whopping 8mb of memory and makes my PC slow. Check Task Manager (Cntrl+Alt+Del) to see how much memory it uses. Too much, IMO. To stop it from running in to background, go to START-- RUN-- MSCONFIG-- (OK)-- STARTUP tab-- uncheck any programs you don't want to run.
Preinstalled part of onboard sound group
  PC Whisperer  
This is not the sound driver. I disabled it & my sound works fine.
it is for Intel motherboards with built in sound (sigmatel)
Audio driver for Dell PC
Audio driver from my dell laptop.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of stsystra.exe: based on 42 votes with 9 reviews. 38 users think stsystra.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade stsystra.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving stsystra issues

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