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How can I have Sound without A-Volute Nahimic driver hell ?

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I'd like to use my motherbaord as God intended, so basically with just the sound driver for the RealTek chipset.  I dont want a virtual sound system, or sonic suite, or anything that a-volute are trying to run on my system. I just want to use the drivers, no background services or applications. The reason ? I don't need or want these 2 pieces of bloatware running on my system doing who knows what...


1. NahimicService.exe - C:\WINDOWS\System32\NahimicService.exe "C:\WINDOWS\system32\NahimicService.exe" 

2. NhNotifSys.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\NhNotifSys.exe

"C:\WINDOWS\system32\NhNotifSys.exe" /app sonicstudio /wait-install Windows Vista Disabled A-Volute NS Enabled Disabled 

I cant believe how agressive this driver is, unless you uninstall the entire Realtek USB Audio driver from the device manager (which means sound wont work from the motherboard) - you are forced to have those 2 processes running above. This never used to be the case, as I got rid of this the last time it enforced itself on my PC. You can even delete the file and it will come back after a reboot


And it will re-install itself, why do they want this program to run so badly ? What exactly is it doing ? It is not needed by any of my system. 

ASUS - Can I have a signed driver for the RealTek USB without A-Volute malware installing and running on my system ?

I just read that SteelSeries owns this A-Volute company now, and therefore they look like they are behind this unwanted bloatware.

SteelSeries Acquires A-Volute, Company Behind Nahimic Audio Software (

I made the mistake a few days ago of installing Armory Crate, and this is now stuck on my system - even after uninstalling Armory Crate (due to AC updated the sound driver, and this is now wedged into it).



Hello marcusob72

To uninstall Armoury Crate, use the Armoury Crate uninstall tool, this should remove any left over services. 

In the link below select your operating system, click "Show all" in blue, the uninstall tool is the third download.

Armoury Crate - Support (

What headset do you have?