What is the audiodev.dll component needed for?Simply stated, a DLL file is an unnamed executable file. It cannot be directly invoked, but it can be called by any executable Windows program.
The audiodev.dll process is also known as Portable Media Devices Shell Extension and is a part of Microsoft Windows Operating System. This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of audiodev.dll can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Portable Media Devices Shell Extension has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Portable Media Devices Shell Extension has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- audiodev.dll has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module audiodev.dll. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about audiodev.dll Portable Media Devices Shell Extension
audiodev.dll is not a Windows system file and is known to frequently cause computer problems. The file audiodev.dll is found in the C:\Windows\System32 directory.
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 480,768 bytes (25% of all these files), 484,352 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
This so-called dynamic link library (DLL) contains all the functions that have been transferred to a separate file. These transferred functions are available not only to this particular program, but can also be used by other applications. The file has been digitally signed by Microsoft itself to guarantee its authenticity. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. There is no concrete documentation available for this service. This file is no part of Microsoft Windows. The file also can also affect other applications by changing their properties. Such manipulation can cause an application to do things other than what it is intended to do. For this reason, 43% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves audiodev.dll. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about audiodev?
|Can't it block non-licenced mp3s |
|It crashed a Windows install repeatedly whenever opening My Computer. I disabled loading it, and haven't had problems since |
|trend security has flaged it as a TROJ SPNR 0CGK11 virus and it has buried itself in my registry |
Summary: 3 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, one user has already deleted audiodev.dll. source: file.net
How to uninstall the program
To remove Portable Media Devices Shell Extension from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for the program in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if audiodev.dll (Portable Media Devices Shell Extension) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Portable Media Devices Shell Extension. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Portable Media Devices Shell Extension or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or audiodev.dll is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.