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Should I remove Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround Pro?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
9% remove it91% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
What do people think about it?
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How common is it?
Global Rank #11,178
United States Rank #14,058
Reach 0.0304%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 9.17 days
270.63 days >
Average installed length: 142.20 days


1.0 100.00%

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Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro


Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro is a program developed by Creative Technology Ltd. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is ShouldIRemoveIt.exe. The software installer includes 55 files and is usually about 23.73 MB (24,886,404 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows 10. While about 31% of users of Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround Pro come from the United States, it is also popular in Germany and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.creative.com
Help link: www.creative.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files2\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\PROFES~1\RunTime\09\01\Intel32\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{0
Estimated size: 23.73 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro

Program executable:ShouldIRemoveIt.exe
Name:Should I Remove It?
Signed by:Reason Software Company Inc.
Additional files:
  • KSAIM32.exe - Creative Audio Processing Object Interface Module (Self installation)
  • KSAIM64.exe
  • KSPPCn32.dll - Creative Chaining Property Page Loader Module
  • KSPPCn64.dll
  • KSAPO32.dll - Creative Audio Processing Object Module
  • KSAPO64.dll
  • KSWrap32.dll - Audio Processing Object Chaining Module
  • KSWrap64.dll
  • SBAVMon.dll - Creative SB AVStream Monitoring Utility
  • KsDvInst.dll - Creative Technology Limited CtDvInst (CtDvInst)
  • ksppld32.dll - Creative Property Page Loader Module
  • ksppld64.dll
  • CTXMLPsr.dll - Creative Technology Ltd XML Parser (Creative XML Parser Engine File)
  • CTAPR2.exe - Audio Playback Redirection Engine
  • SBMCPlugin.ocx - Sound Blaster Media Center Plugin
  • KSXPPI32.dll - KSXPPI Device Enumeration Module
  • KSXPPI64.dll
  • CTSetPPg.dll - Creative Settings Property Page
  • CTMCWavu.dll - CTMChWav Dynamic Link Library (CTMChWav DLL)
  • AddCat.exe - Creative Daisy Chain System (Installation of Catalog File)
  • HookWndU.dll - Creative Dialog Skin Engine
  • KSDGFX32.dll - Creative APO Shell Module
  • KSDGFX64.dll
  • KSVSPI32.dll - Creative Vista SPI Module (Creative KS Vista SPI Module)
  • KSVSPI64.dll
  • CTAudEp.dll - Audio Endpoint Selection
  • KSRun.dll - KSRun Persistence Module
  • setup.exe - Creative Technology Ltd (Driver Setup Tool)
  • WndTrnsU.dll - WindowTransition Module (WindowTransition DLL)
  • CTAudCS.dll - Creative Audio Console
  • CTAudCS.exe - Creative Audio Console Launcher
  • CTAudCSV.dll
  • MxLibu.dll - Creative Mixer Library
  • AsioDev.dll - Creative ASIO Devices
  • CtrlSrcu.dll - Creative Theme Engine (Creative Theme Engine RTX Base Control DLL)
  • CTThemeu.dll - Creative Theme Engine DLL
  • EntC.exe - Entertainment Console
  • JDetect.exe - Jack Detection Module
  • PopUpMu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Popup Menu plug-in
  • ThmResu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Theme Resources DLL
  • VolPanlu.exe - Creative Volume Panel
  • WizCPLu.dll - Creative Theme Engine Wizard Control Panel Framework DLL
  • CTPPage.dll - Audio Property Page (Sound Blaster Properties)
  • CTAboutu.dll - Creative About Box
  • CTAudMon.dll - Audio Monitoring
  • CTAudSeu.dll - CTAudSel library
  • CTIntrfu.dll - CTIntrfc
  • CTRegSvu.exe - CTRegSvr
  • EntConsl.dll - Console (Entertainment Console DLL)
  • CTIniFu.dll - CTIniF
  • GetPDVD.exe - Get PowerDVD Upgrade Program
  • PDVDupg.exe - PowerDVD Upgrade Program

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • CTAudCS.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{DDB324E0-98B0-4E08-8EAE-E2E0ACBB03EF}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • VolPanlu.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named VolPanel_Reg_HKLMWow6432Run.
3 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • VolPanlu.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'VolPanlu.exe' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro\Volume Panel\VolPanlu.exe".
  • CTAPR2.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'CTAPR2' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Creative\USB Sound Blaster HD\Console Launcher 3\Entertainment Console\CTAPR2.exe" /r.
  • SBAVMon.dll is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Creative SB Monitoring Utility' which loads as RunDll32 sbavmon.dll,SBAVMonitor.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:8.77 MB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0003230630%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.00012970%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00019337%
0.015104% average
CPU cycles/sec:3,436,246
8,062,084 average
I/O reads/min:2.25 KB
435.61 KB average

How do I remove Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround Pro?

You can uninstall Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround Pro 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 Surround 5.1 Pro, 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 Surround Pro.

Win 7 (SP1) 52%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 9%
Keep it 91%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 55.33%
Windows 10 43.17%
Windows Vista 0.83%
Windows XP 0.67%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 24.33%
Windows 7 Ultimate 17.00%
Windows 7 Professional 12.33%
Windows 8.1 9.00%
Windows 8.1 Pro 8.83%
Windows 10 Pro 8.50%

Distribution by countryGeography

31.01% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 31.01%
  Germany 12.25%
  United Kingdom 5.58%
  Saudi Arabia 4.96%
  France 4.50%
  Canada 3.72%
  Poland 2.79%
  Australia 2.48%
  Russia 2.02%
  Netherlands 1.55%
  Czech Republic 1.40%
  Japan 1.40%
  Sweden 1.40%
  Singapore 1.09%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 19.94%
ASUS 19.66%
Acer 19.66%
Dell 12.82%
Toshiba 6.55%
Samsung 3.70%
Lenovo 2.85%
Medion 2.28%
Intel 1.71%
MSI 1.42%
Sony 1.42%
Common models
ASUS All Series 7.51%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 5.16%
MEDION H77H2-EM 3.76%
ASUSTeK K53SV 3.29%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 2.82%
TOSHIBA Satellite C660 2.82%

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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