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What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #9,105
United States Rank #8,083
Reach 0.0417%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.37 days
99.34 days >
Average installed length: 52.20 days


1.00.07 4.14%
1.00.06 15.47%
1.00.04 21.32%
1.00.03 49.33%
1.00.02 2.44%
1.00.01 7.31%

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Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3

What is Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3?  (from Creative Technology Ltd)

The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite is a powerful audio platform equipped with cutting-edge audio technology, offering premium audio quality, effects and features for ordinary PC systems equipped with only basic onboard audio. It features SBX Pro Studio™ suite of technologies, which is designed to give you the fu...  Read more


Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 is a software program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. The most common release is 1.00.03, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The setup package generally installs about 24 files and is usually about 37.35 MB (39,168,610 bytes). Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 10 and Windows 7 (SP1). While about 50% of users of Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 come from the United States, it is also popular in United Kingdom and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Help link: www.creative.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{3
Estimated size: 37.35 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3

  • APOIM64.exe - Creative Audio Processing Object Interface Module (Self installation)
  • ARAPO232.dll - Creative Audio Processing Object Module
  • ARAPO264.dll
  • HWAboutU.DLL - Creative Dialog Skin Engine About Box
  • CTSUSDKu.dll - Creative Software AutoUpdate Plugin (CTSUSDK)
  • ARRDef.exe - Command Router Restore Utility
  • ARSC32.DLL - Creative Host SoundCore Module
  • ARSC64.DLL
  • CTLoadRs.dll - CTLoadRs Dynamic Link Library
  • CTMFSess.dll - CTMFSess Dynamic Link Library
  • CTSUAppu.exe - Creative Software AutoUpdate (Creative Software AutoUpdate Manager)
  • HookWndU.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • CTAudEp.dll - Audio Endpoint Selection
  • ARtrInst.exe - Creative Technology Ltd (Driver Setup Tool)
  • CTHKCMD.dll - Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 (CTHotKeyCommand)
  • CTHKSvr.exe - HotKey Detector
  • CTProfile.dll - CTProfile
  • SBXFIMB3.exe
  • Setup.exe - Creative Audio Product (Creative Device Driver Setup Program)
  • CTSetHID.dll
  • CTIntrfu.dll - CTIntrfc
  • AddCat.exe - AddCat (Installation of Catalog File)
  • ARDef.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CTSUAppu.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{F9EB8847-EBD3-4A90-8E71-B00AE245BF77}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • SBXFIMB3.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named 10.
Startup File (User Run)
  • SBXFIMB3.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 3' and executes as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3\Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3\SBXFIMB3.exe" /r.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • SBXFIMB3.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Sound Blaster X-Fi MB 3' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3\Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3\SBXFIMB3.exe" /r.

How do I remove Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3?

You can uninstall Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3.

Win 10 72%
Win 8.1 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 8%
Keep it 92%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 10 71.86%
Windows 7 28.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 10 Pro 19.90%
Windows 10 Home 16.97%
Windows 8.1 15.51%
Windows 8.1 Pro 10.99%
Windows 7 Professional 10.38%
Windows 7 Ultimate 9.16%

Distribution by countryGeography

50.20% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 50.20%
  United Kingdom 7.10%
  Germany 5.82%
  Australia 3.35%
  Canada 2.66%
  France 2.47%
  Italy 2.37%
  Sweden 1.87%
  Netherlands 1.48%
  Brazil 1.28%
  New Zealand 1.28%
  Spain 1.18%
  DK 1.08%
  Poland 1.08%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Alienware 39.09%
ASUS 29.09%
Acer 15.45%
Hewlett-Packard 3.64%
Dell 3.64%
Intel 1.82%
MSI 0.91%
Common models
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 3 15.35%
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 12.79%
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 7.29%
Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H 5.63%
Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 5.12%
Alienware Alienware 13 5.12%

About Creative Technology Ltd

Creative designs, manufactures and distributes digitized sound and video boards, computers and related multimedia, and personal digital entertainment products.
Publisher URL: us.creative.com


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