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What is smax4pnp.exe?


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Windows Process Description:

The process smax4pnp.exe is part of the SMaxPNP application developed by Analog Devices Incorporated for SoundMax-compatible audio devices in most ASUS Motherboards.

The file smax4pnp.exe is usually located under C:/Program Files/Analog Devices/SoundMAX/. Depending on your operating system used, there are instances the file is located under C:/Program Files/Analog Devices/Core/once it is installed in your system. The process smax4pnp.exe is included in your startup group and would initialize upon boot. It also has a startup registry value of SoundMAXPnP under the registry location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/ Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run/.

Once active, the process will have a total RAM and virtual memory allocation of 764KB, and has no visible when running in the background. The control center for the process is also included in the SoundMAX Control Panel.

The process smax4pnp.exe is required in the overall functionality of the SoundMax Control Center for your ASUS motherboard audio device. Its primary function is to control the environmental effects that are included in the application.

Since the process is not a core system component, it is not required by your system to function properly. There are instances that logoff issues are attributed to this process in come Microsoft Windows operating systems, causing certain problems such as system freeze during the shut down process. If this happens, you may end the process located under Task Manager, and disabling the said process in your startup group using WinTask and MsConfig.

Disabling the said process will not affect your audio device directly; applications will still be able to make use of the audio device yet environmental effects will be disabled when this process is terminated.

If there is a process smax4pnp.exe that is located in your C:/Windows/System32/folder then this is a Trojan or a virus masquerading in your system. This file should be deleted immediately if found.

Author: Analog Devices Incorporated.

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Part Of: SMaxPNP Application

Memory Usage: Low. The process smax4pnp.exe has a total RAM and virtual memory usage of 764KB when active.

System Process: No

Application: Yes

Background Process: No

Uses Network: No

Uses Internet: No

Hardware Related: Yes. The process smax4pnp.exe is associated with audio devices in ASUS motherboards.

Common Path: C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\Core\

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