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Process name: DevLdr32

Product: Creative Ring3 NT Inteface

Company: Creative Technology Ltd.

File: devldr32.exe

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"devldr32.exe" is part of the sound card software from Creative Technology and is required for proper hardware operation of certain products. http://www.neuber.com/taskmanager/process/devldr32.exe.html 
For example, without devldr32.exe, the rear speakers will not work on four-speaker systems.

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Average user rating of devldr32.exe: based on 89 votes. Read also the 87 reviews.

909 users ask for this file. 18 users rated it as not dangerous. 4 users rated it as not so dangerous. 15 users rated it as neutral. 22 users rated it as little bit dangerous. 30 users rated it as dangerous. 9 users didn't rate it ("don't know").


All comments about devldr32.exe:
It slows down my computer a lot! It seems to corrupt other files and is bugged so deleting it is the best option   Tom
if this is what i think it is, it has "unmounted" and made disapear my cr-rom from eveywhere but the registry key manager   aitor de lezea
I try removing it from current processes but my system goes to re-start mode whenever I do this.   Rika
It is installed by Creative Labs. Although harmless, it is a waste of system resources.  See also: Link   Phasers
Its a useless horrible file that reappears constantly 5 minutes after i delete it . Not only that but that other cursed program , svchost , seems to acces this file on unecessary occasions . Also 4 Mb RAM spacewaister .   SacreBleu
Originally named after a sound ressource, now the name is used by hackers/mentally unstable people to mask malicious codes (usually active X bugs)   Merlin
its a pice of usless junk, i dont even have any creative products! even the onboard sound and controlers   Andrew
I know that it causes my dvd-rw drive not to be able to burn cd's   Anakin
No programs will connect to the Internet while this program is running. When I terminate it, everything works fine.   Brett
It's used by creative Labs, it is harmless, if you want rear speakers to work, you need it running. Plain and simple   boss
It is made by stupid nerds with no lives, so they have to mess with ours. Virus/Trojan/Worm writers are a waste of food. (see link to read a small rant about bug writers)  See also: Link   Tw33k3r
elo nie wiem  See also: Link   Eyden
multiple shutdowns of my pc..make me very nervous...and i've deceided to trow away my sounblaster card..!!!!!   Pebere
Slows down computer; is hard to kill; start in secure mode; stop process and delete all files called devldr32.exe; hurry cause it automatically restarts !;   Bibe
It belongs to Sound Blaster drivers   Maurizio
devldr32 is a goddamn annoying little file that makes me unable to burn anything at all. And it allows other annoying files to infect my computer, as well ! Find a way to delete it fast !   Sensenet
Downloaded Creative Drivers to unlock the full functionality of my 5.1 Platinum in XP, only to find that 3 copies of devldr32.exe were each sharing ~33% of my processor power....   Barney
Go to system, see the sound card info, ask for new drivers and let it update. Your problem is solved!   Philip
I have seen this file pop up many times and wouldn't let the system shutdwn. I now know it is from Creative. I don't use rear speakers at the present so is there a way to just disable it permanently?  
Disable Creative SBLive! Gameport driver (as long as you don't use Gamepads etc) and it goes away.  
when I should down my comp, "devldr32 has stopped responding" pops up. Of course I make it shut the damn thing down, but thereafter nothing happens at all.   Skeeter
i downloaded the new creative drivers which fixed the shutting down problem, but now there is no sound from the 2 rear speakers on my pc. Does anybody know what i can do to fix this?   Demos
2 copies of this file hogging all CPU resources on startup have a SB Live 5.1.. Stops hogging resources after 5- 8 mins if just left alone while you make a drink   Blair
hijack this doesn't see it as a danger, it does not slow my system down at all, and if i need to, i can keep it from running automatically.....   zach
it really slows the computer down and won't be deleted   reid
devldr32 is running on my system and I dont even have the creative soundblaster card !   god.
Any file that comes back at you even if you delete it has some bad intentions to it.   Dwight
Running virus scans in safe mode, as well as deleting devldr32 in safe mode made a big difference in the speed of computer. I also removed Sound Blaster without any harm to my computer.   Cheryl
I got it from P2P connections, its a very bad file indeed, though soem are legit, its a remade copy from hackers etc, and it prevents you from backign up your computer by stoping either you cd-rom or you burning programs from workign and it also gave me errors linked to Kernel32.dll with weird characters after it. Go into safe mode and delete it asap   Kel
I simply delete the thing...it's a pain in the a** and slows down my system without fail every time. Once deleted, the system runs fine. Many times, I'll try logging into mail (for instance), but it won't load. Sure enough, it's devldr.32 every time. Once I've deleted it, the mail page comes up instantly. It sucks!!   Jon
It's a completely useless, malignant file that slows down my entire system. Once deleted, the system runs smoothly. For instance, I'll log into e-mail and the page won't load. Sure enough, it's devldr.32 every time. Once deleted, the page comes right up.   Jon
also, it duplicated my c: drive with EXTRA files, my cd-rom USED to be d:\ and it became e:\ and d:\ became a EXACT copy of my hard drive and took up exactly .02 gigs more space   Kel
It slows down my computer, makes me unable to burn cd's at all. See :  See also: Link   Olena
Nothing wrong with this file, takes 2 megs of memory max.  
Resource Hog! Get latest Creative Drivers,Copy and Paste devldr32.exe to Local Disk from XP CD located in i386/Drivers.Cab...Install the Creative Updates...Reboot in safe mode...Ctrl-Alt-Delt end devldr32.exe if running...copy and paste devldr32.exe that you saved from XP CD to C/Windows/System32...will ask do you want to replace devldr32.exe that allready exist...select yes.Reboot normal..Oh Yeah no more Hog in task manager..Worked for me on XP...Out of dozens of sites on how to fix this only two were able to...Listed below.Links  See also: Link Link   Jim
It take 90-95 cpu around every 5-8 minute, want to take it away but i have 4-5 devldr32.exe on my computer, shall i delete all?  
I just wish someone would let us know if this is a necessary device!  
when i want to shut down my comp it restartes   someone
Its difficult to remove, appears w\o having Soundblaster, and reports of malware inserts. Icky   Lews Therin Kinslayer
Slows my computer down about 50%, and I only have 2 speakers! I dont need this!   Neo
The file does reappeare because xp is caching devldr32.exe in its cache. To find the cache file, use the search engine in the explorer and enable the search on system and hidden files. You will find out that devldr32.exe exists in C:\Windows\system32\dllcache. Remove it and it will stop reappearing.   LeLiam
Just takes 300kb of memory...I will survive  
kept running in processess ans after ending it it would keep popping back up, deleted it like others on here, so far, no problem...  
It is harmless *unless it's been replaced by a virus or is too old* any virus scanner should find something masquerading as this, and for the love of god, update your sound drivers occasionally. Sheesh. I refuse to provide a link on the grounds that all of the not insane people here allready have provided all the info necessary!   Matt
Slows down my system horribly. Going to delete as soon as I find out how.   Die
well i read the comments well i have just problems with online games   Richard
well its a pian like everyone else said and every time i try playing my online game it stops it from opening, but when i delete it it starts right away, but then stupid delvdr will just resurrect itself   Marky
Be careful. If you have a sound blaster then it is a perfectly normal file. If you dont or are using onboard, it may be a virus.   K
I find devldr32 slows my system , my firewall constantly blocks it from accessing the network, ive tried to delete it in safe mode but it puts itself back every time. i use a creative audigy etc . Befor i formatted avg detected it as a virus and promptly removed it , my sound card still worked fine after this , so my opinion is it is not needed .   Jay
Seems a pain, looking for ways to optimize my newly-purchased (from Salvation Army closing sale for US$2.50!) 500mHZ machine, decided to get rid of it.   AGMLego
The damn thing would not let me acess ANY internet sites, as soon as i ended it, the site came up, but then it came back, how do i fix ???   John
Takes a lot of memory and cpu so i recomend to delete it instantly u can see it in ur task manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) if you see the task devdr32. At first it wont seem like a problem but it will be a problem eventualy and 1 way to delete it is by going in safe mode stopping the process without closing the task manager and go to the WINDOWS folder look for it and delete it. If it doesnt want to delete go back to the task manager to see if the process is active, if it is stop it again and delete the file fast.   Xavier Age: 16 and know more than u
annoying thing, eventully i made a read only 0 byte version of the file and replaced every one i could find, now its no longer a problem  
no creative hardware, shouldn't have been running. used 4,000K memory. tried to find and delete but it didnt show up, also would reappear after ending process. I make a fake file with the same name and copied it into C:\Windows. I was asked to overwrite and did. Also search registry and delete path to it there. It seems to be gone now!   arg
Both arguments are correct, the name is originally a legitimate file used by SB audio. If you see this filename in your processes, you have a SB card and you have no speed issues, you are fine. On the other hand, no SB card, or you have a SB card but also speed issues, you may have been overwritten by the viral version of the same filename.   Rick
It's the most evil file I've ever seen, I don't use Creative SB and don't want it running, consuming 1 MB of memory. I can't get rid of it. It installs with my VPR Matrix factory boot disks   Toby
It causes errors while trying to run Worms Armageddon.  
after formatting my HDD and installing WinXP I found that proccess and wondered where that came from, after I installed my Soundblaster audio card from the CD-Rom, the proccess dissappeared.   $killed1
i am trying to create a new map for Halo CE....there is a program called Sapien which is need for the next step in the process.....i try to run....and devldr32 closes it. I try to use 'Run as' witht he secure lauch thingy checked...and then it gives me and error for a missing file that is RIGHT THERE   evman
There are two seperate issues. 1st issue can be that you have an old buggy version of the Creative Labs driver or yours is corrupted. I have that issue. devdlr32 .exe has about 30 processes running that I can see in task manger and is using 100% of my system resources. It takes about 90 seconds to 150 seconds from the time I click on Start till I see a menu, then the same when I click run, then the same.... the best way to handle the update or extraction is to reboot. When your computer is restarting hit the F8 key , if your not sure when to hit F8 do it right away   Johng 333
many programs picking it up as a virus component, named after a legitimate program, it either is the original for you, or it isnt, scan it and find out, either way its useless and can hog resources. if it keeps coming back, then safe mode boot and zap that SOB.   winter
When corrupted, this audio driver component can hog CPU time and be hard to delete. It lives in 3 Windows folders: Prefetch, Last Good and system32. If deleted, the files will reappear and continue causing problems. Use Device Manager to "uninstall" the driver Sound Blaster Live! (WMD), then delete the file shells from all 3 Windows folders, empty the recycle bin and restart. That worked for me.   Don
my rear speakers work fine its not a problem 2mb ram used   pwq
I think its harmless, but, it doesnt do any good for the computer. Prevents some programs from opening, and comes back after its been deleted. Cant be good.   The Barf
No Creative hardware but can not remove this file. If I delete it comes back, tried replacing with a dummy file, it still comes back, turns my machine into a dog. This is the most annoying file ever! :-(   Phil
The EXE reappears because xp is caching devldr32.exe in its cache. To find the cache file, make sure you can see system and hidden files. You will find out that devldr32.exe exists in C:\Windows\system32\dllcache. Remove it and it will stop reappearing.   Phil
Runs under user name all the time. It does not seem to cause any harm. I checked the file date and it goes back to the original build dates which indicates it is probably OK, The file details show it as a Creative file. Like a lot of these, I would say a virus file may impersonate it, which could be detected by file date and some of the properties of the file after finding it in a file search,   Ram
SystemMechanic6 said my copy of devldr32.exe was not the "legitimate" version from Creative. I have at least 15 copies of it appearing in Task Manager. I tried to incinerate the file but it came back after rebooting. I can't disable it at all -- prompts keep telling me the file must no longer exist -- but it still appears to be tying up my resources.   John
It came with it after i installed my SB Live sound card. It gave me problems with running flash or games on my computer (XP) and caused me to restart all the time, After updating the drivers from creative's website, the thing disappeared. Problem solved.   Joe
Rename devldr32.exe and the problem is solved   Michael
You can stop it, go to creative for solution and fix  See also: Link Link   MVH
Depends on version you have - not all bad   Brian
File may be used to mask malicious file. To stop process download process download iolo System Mechanic. Under "Reports" - Intellius status - locate dangerous processes. Open tab marked "Dangerous" and hit configure button for options. Select process and Right Click to select "Stop Process and prevent from starting..." Overall System Mechanic is an excellent piece of software which I really enjoy using. But be careful, since it sometimes is a bit "too" strong and may delete vital registry entries. So excercise care.  See also: Link   RoR
It slows down my computer a lot   yoss
installed system mechanic pro 7 and has apparently corrupted devldr32.exe... comp contiuously crashes and reboots and the few times i am able to access my process panel.....500 to 800 devldr32 processes running which causes quite a problem....believe the sm7 to be the problem, never had a prob with devldr32 before this....   z
Do not delete! This one is a system file. You can delete it but this is a BAD IDEA. Shutting it down and you'll loose the Bass & Treble settings from the xp sound control... Takes NO CPU at all, 30Mb max reserved in memory, it uses 4Mb when working....   Purple
devldr32.exe; Anytime something (like a file) isn't as designed, it's removal is REQUIRED.   bob catt
It is a legitimate file which appeared in task manager after I instaled an old SB soundcard.   Geafaegin
It keeps showing up in taskmgr & when I delete it from C:\windows\system32 it reappears.   DG
Potentially dangerous - Can be malware. Mostly not needed on majority of systems. To delete -- rename the devldr32.dll , then check the dllcache directory - find entry delete. reboot system , should fix.   cj
I had a warning about a computer wanting to join my network. I stopped the action. Found a trojan program and ran mcafee virus scan and quarantined it. however computer was running slower. Then found this program running and tried numerous times to to get rid of it. I suspect it as a virus, trojan.   Phil
this has been bugging me for a while too. I thought it might be a Virous of somesort too but was wrong. it is a Creative labs (soundblaster)file. I have one of there ards inmy comp. with 5.1 surround support but only use 2 speakers. I opened task manager, rightclicked on the service and set priority to real time, refreshed the list and it went away, I think because it is not being used.   Doom369
its dangurous but system gaurd is blocking it from starting so i need help to get rid of it   Thomas Maher
Nicknamed "Devildoor". Slows down processes, but apparently not harmful other than that.   tha maccc
A part of an installation package of a creative sound card  
I had A REALTEK CARD - it crappd out and I could not Fix my warbly sound, and could find no recent drivers for it. I ripped it out and went to a sound blaster card (Creative Labs) and no problems with devldr32.exe. with legacy divers, or my sound, It may be a problem for heavy Gamers. Check your DirectX and devldr32 size. but no probs for me. (with only 3,388 kb).   Darren D.
It kept coming back until I removed Devcon32.dll   Hueight

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