Is sndmon.exe safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of sndmon.exe:









File purpose and description:

Sndmon.exe is a program that may have been on your pc when you purchased it, or may have installed when you installed additional software. The exact location on the disk is shown below for verification that your file is in the same lcoation. This program is from Symnatec software. The main purpose of this file, called Symantec Netdriver Monitor, is to provide liveupdate support for your software suite of programs. This file is considered safe and is not considered to be spyware or adware related. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
sndmon.exe

File type:
This is an executable program.

File or folder location:
The actual disk location of this program is: C:\PROGRA~1\SYMNET~1\SNDMon.exe /Consumer


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, sndmon.exe may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of sndmon.exe on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!