What is Srmclean.exe? Should I remove it?
Srmclean.exe is a file most commonly installed by SoundMax Integrated Digital Audio
Srmclean.exe is an executable file that could be a part of the process (SoundMAX Remove Clean) running on a Windows computer and can be visible via the Task Manager. It belongs to a program that allows users to control better various audio settings and sound features on their computers. If this component is legitimate, its installation location most commonly is in C:\Cpqs\Scom.
However, hackers often disguise malware behind the names of legitimate executables and processes, and this file is not an exception. If you have never installed the associated audio software on your device, you should always investigate the background processes and terminate it immediately if it is actually malicious.
|Removal||Uninstall associated software; if malicious, perform a full system scan with anti-malware software|
|Further steps||If you have found malware on your device, remove it immediately and perform a scan with RestoroIntego repair software to remediate Windows system damage|
The program and the file both belong to software by Compaq – an American technology company that manufactures and sells laptops. If you are using a laptop designed by this company, you might see the application and its associated process installed on it by default. Many manufacturers pre-install software before it is shipped to clients.
That being said, Srmclean.exe is not a necessary file for your device to operate correctly. Therefore, if you notice that the process is causing you negative experiences (for example, it uses too much CPU or shows advertisements), you can uninstall SoundMAX software altogether, as your sound should still work by using the basic drivers.
Finally, you should look into the process and check whether it is malicious, as hackers can name executable files as anything they like. The best way to determine whether the file is safe is by scanning your PC with reputable anti-malware, such as SpyHunter 5Combo Cleaner or Malwarebytes.
If malicious programs were found on your PC, you should not delay and delete everything unwanted. Also, malware might interfere with your browsers or corrupt Windows system files. If that happens to you, we recommend you use RestoroIntego to fix virus damage and clean your web browsers automatically.