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What’s audiodg.exe (Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation )? Is it safe or a virus?

Audiodg.exe (Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation) is a system process by Microsoft that's responsible for managing audio playback. If you listen to any sounds or music on your PC, then you're going to find this well-known Windows process running. And actually, even if you have no speakers at all you'll probably see this process running in the task manager anyway, because it's a built-in part of the Windows OS.

In our SpyShelter Cybersecurity Lab here in Austin, Texas, we found audiodg.exe running on all our lab PCs. It should be completely safe to have running on your PC, as long as it's signed by Microsoft.

Do you enjoy watching Youtube videos, or listening to some tunes on your PC? Then you won't want to ever disable Microsoft's audiodg.exe.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes audiodg.exe (Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation )?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of audiodg.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is audiodg.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the audiodg.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find audiodg.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 1, 2024

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