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Should I remove SoundMAX?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
8% remove it92% keep it
Overall Sentiment
Very good
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How common is it?
Global Rank #6,356
United States Rank #4,531
Reach 0.0708%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 16.22 days
478.51 days >
Average installed length: 251.42 days

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What is SoundMAX?  (from Analog Devices)

SoundMAX is a suite of audio processing algorithms tailored to run on ADI components. These processing algorithms are licensed to equipment manufacturers, who integrate them with ADI’s signal processing solutions to deliver an optimal listening solution to their customers. Analog Devices has long been known for world-c...  Read more


SoundMAX is a program developed by Analog Devices. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The software is designed to connect to the Internet and adds a Windows Firewall exception in order to do so without being interfered with. The main program executable is SMax4.exe. The software installer includes 35 files and is usually about 1.83 MB (1,921,542 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows XP as well as Windows XP. While about 64% of users of SoundMAX come from the United States, it is also popular in Canada and Germany.

Program detailsProgram details

Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX
Uninstaller: RunDll32 C:\Program Files1\COMMON~1\INSTAL~1\engine\6\INTEL3~1\Ctor.dll,LaunchSetup "C:\Program Files\InstallShield Installation Information\{F0A37341-D692-
Estimated size: 1.83 MB
Language: Italian

Program filesFiles installed by SoundMAX

Program executable:SMax4.exe
Name:SoundMAX Control Panel
SoundMAX Control Center
Path:C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4.exe
Additional files:
  • MidiSyn.dll - SoundMAX Control Panel application - Midi Music Synthesizer Tab (SMax3CP DLL)
  • MidiSynth.dll
  • ListEnv.dll - SoundMAX Control Panel application - Listening Environment Tab
  • MicEnhance.dll - SoundMAX Control Panel application - Microphone Tab (MicEnhance DLL)
  • MicTab.dll - MicTab DLL
  • SMAgentI.exe - SoundMAX service agent installation (SoundMAX service agent installation program)
  • SMTray.exe - SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio (SoundMAX System Tray)
  • SMAgentX.exe - SoundMAX service extension agent (SoundMAX service extension agent component)
  • SMWDMIF.dll - ADI SMWDM Audio Driver Interface (SMWDM Interface DLL)
  • adminchk.dll - Analog Devices, Inc. adminchk (adminchk)
  • MidiIO.dll - MidiIO Dynamic Link Library (Device IO Library)
  • SMax4Wiz.exe - AudioWizard Application
  • DLSLdr.exe - DLS Loader Application
  • SMAgent.exe - SoundMAX service agent (SoundMAX service agent component)
  • SMax4.exe - SoundMAX Control Panel (SoundMAX Control Center)
  • DLSLoader.exe - DLSLoader Application
  • SMax4PNP.exe - SMax4PNP Application (SMax4PNP MFC Application)
  • adidrm.dll - adidrm Module
  • DevInst.dll - DevInst
  • RemDev.exe - RemDev
  • EDCrypt.DLL - Config file processing library.
  • AEEnable.exe (by Andrea Electronics) - Andrea Digital Technologies AEEnable (AEEnable)
  • install.exe (by Windows (R) 2000 DDK provider) - Windows (R) 2000 DDK driver (Install Program for Windows 2000 Drivers)
  • props32.dll (by Windows (R) 2000 DDK provider) - 32 Bit Settings Page DLL
  • Remove.exe - Remove Program for Windows 2000 Drivers
  • DrvLsnr.exe (by adi) - adi DrvListnr (DrvListnr)
  • RemADI.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • SMAgent.exe runs as a service named 'SoundMAX Agent Service' (SoundMAX Agent Service (default)).
4 Startup Files (All Users Run)
  • SMTray.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Smapp' which loads as C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smtray.exe.
  • DrvLsnr.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'DrvLsnr' which loads as C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\DrvLsnr.exe.
  • SMax4PNP.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SoundMAXPnP' which loads as C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMax4PNP.exe.
  • SMax4.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'SoundMAX' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\Smax4.exe" /tray.
Windows Firewall Allowed Program
  • DLSLoader.exe is added as a firewall exception for 'C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\DLSLoader.exe'.

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:644 KB
21.09 MB average
User CPU:0.00016349%
0.015104% average
I/O reads/min:29 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes
105.02 KB average
Memory:1.75 MB
Total CPU:0.0040231344%
Kernel CPU:0.00150599%
User CPU:0.00251715%
I/O reads/min:0 Bytes
I/O writes/min:0 Bytes

How do I remove SoundMAX?

You can uninstall SoundMAX 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 SoundMAX, 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 SoundMAX.

Win XP 91%
Win Vista 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 XP 95.63%
Windows 7 3.80%
Windows Vista 0.43%
Windows 10 0.14%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Microsoft Windows XP 95.60%
Windows 7 Ultimate 1.30%
Windows 7 Home Premium 1.23%
Windows 7 Professional 1.08%
Windows Vista Home Premiu... 0.22%
Windows 7 Starter 0.14%

Distribution by countryGeography

64.19% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 64.19%
  Canada 3.92%
  Germany 3.19%
  United Kingdom 2.40%
  France 2.35%
  Italy 1.78%
  Hungary 1.41%
  Spain 1.20%
  Mexico 1.15%
  Belgium 1.10%
  MA 0.99%
  Netherlands 0.99%
  Japan 0.89%
  Israel 0.89%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 52.63%
Intel 15.92%
American Megatrends 12.24%
Compaq 7.14%
Sahara 4.78%
ASUS 4.08%
Toshiba 1.25%
Gateway 0.78%
Hewlett-Packard 0.71%
Sony 0.47%
Common models
Dell Computer OptiPlex GX... 18.57%
Dell Computer OptiPlex GX... 13.53%
Dell Computer Dimension 2... 6.89%
Dell Computer Dimension 2... 6.77%
Dell Computer Dimension 4... 6.64%
Dell Computer Dimension 8... 6.27%


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