Windows 10: Strange random sound-does anyone recognize this?

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  1. Posts : 790
    Win 10 Pro v1803 Build 17133.1
       19 Feb 2017 #11

    Try all those antimalware apps in the order recommended if there is a bug you will find it.

    Another idea is that some wireless devices (phones, tablets ect.) will cause an interference noise that is picked up by the speakers.
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  2.    19 Feb 2017 #12

    Win10Pro said: View Post
    A good idea but a week ago he wrote "Volume mixer doesn't seem to help" by which I understand that even if the volume control for Chrome of Firefox is set to 0 (while playing video online) this strange sound appears nonetheless.
    The sound coming from a webpage (be it a video, a commercial or ad) is directed to the sound card as one single stream of bits, isn't it?
    I actually meant, if I heard the sound and quickly bring up volume mixer, I don't see any other programs. I think volume mixer only shows the program during the duration of the sound. I don't have firefox/chrome muted, but the sound appears with either browser and it just seems highly unlikely that it's from a browser setting.

    The soundcard I use I think is just the default one with the motherboard.

    I ran malwarebytes so far, it didn't pick up anything.
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  3.    19 Feb 2017 #13

    theridon said: View Post
    I think volume mixer only shows the program during the duration of the sound. I don't have firefox/chrome muted, but the sound appears with either browser and it just seems highly unlikely that it's from a browser setting.

    OK, let's see how it goes:

    1. the sound can be heard ONLY when you play a game, right? Or maybe on other occasions as well?

    2. once you open a browser (firefox or chrome) an appropriate volume control appears in the mixer like in this example (it's in Polish, but it doesn't matter) I have a Firefox control:

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    do you agree?

    3. you move your Firefox / Chrome volume control to the very bottom, to the Zero level, start playing your game and nonetheless this irritating sound can still be heard, am I correct? If so then the answer about the origin of the sound is obvious.

    4. from what I understand a Steam (to be honest I have no idea what it is) volume control is not there, in the mixer panel, is it? Does the Steam application (?) / platform (?) have its own settings (maybe with audio controls)?
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  4. Posts : 3,151
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       19 Feb 2017 #14

    I know how you feel, I had the same problem once or twice.
    Have you checked startup items and scheduled tasks?

    You can use https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/.../bb963902.aspx


    There is also this task, which you can safely disable (run CMD as admin and copy/paste):

    schtasks /Change /TN "Microsoft\Windows\Multimedia\SystemSoundsService" /Disable


    Lastly, there is scripting within Windows, which can run anything, you might try disabling it.

    reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows Script Host\Settings" /v "Enabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "0" /f
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  5.    19 Feb 2017 #15

    Win10Pro said: View Post
    OK, let's see how it goes:

    1. the sound can be heard ONLY when you play a game, right? Or maybe on other occasions as well?
    No; it seems (90% likely) that it only appears when I watch a video (Youtube/twitch) on a website browser such as Chrome or Firefox. It hasn't happened when playing video games, yet.
    2. once you open a browser (firefox or chrome) an appropriate volume control appears in the mixer like in this example (it's in Polish, but it doesn't matter) I have a Firefox control:

    Correct
    3. you move your Firefox / Chrome volume control to the very bottom, to the Zero level, start playing your game and nonetheless this irritating sound can still be heard, am I correct? If so then the answer about the origin of the sound is obvious.
    Not quite. It happens when I have my volume up and active on chrome/firefox and am watching online videos. That seems to be the only time when it occurs; of course it's hard to say 100% since this sound pops up so rarely.

    4. from what I understand a Steam (to be honest I have no idea what it is) volume control is not there, in the mixer panel, is it? Does the Steam application (?) / platform (?) have its own settings (maybe with audio controls)?
    Steam is a popular digital distribution platform that people use to buy/play games on. I've fiddled with Steam's options and volume controls. I don't think this is any sound coming from steam, I've used it for a long time and never had this sound. Thanks for your response by the way (and everyone else)
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  6.    19 Feb 2017 #16

    it's hard to say 100% since this sound pops up so rarely

    Just out of curiosity: how did you manage to capture this sound since it pops up so rarely?
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  7.    19 Feb 2017 #17

    Win10Pro said: View Post
    Just out of curiosity: how did you manage to capture this sound since it pops up so rarely?
    I got a bit lucky. I just had audacity recording windows audio for hours as I used the computer, it popped up, then I trimmed the recording and saved it.
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  • Posts : 6,446
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       19 Feb 2017 #18

    @theridon, it sounds very similar in style to some Windows system sounds. These are to be found in C:\Windows\Media. I can't find one that's an exact match, but 'Windows Notify Email.wav', 'Windows User Account Control.wav' and 'Windows Notify System Generic.wav' are very close.
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  •    19 Feb 2017 #19

    Bree said: View Post
    @theridon, it sounds very similar in style to some Windows system sounds. These are to be found in C:\Windows\Media. I can't find one that's an exact match, but 'Windows Notify Email.wav', 'Windows User Account Control.wav' and 'Windows Notify System Generic.wav' are very close.
    I was thinking about that, I checked every single one and there is no match. Coupled with the fact that I have windows sounds completely disabled, it seems like it might not be windows. But you're right it definitely sounds like a sound windows would make.
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  •    21 Feb 2017 #20

    I was thinking about that, I checked every single one and there is no match. Coupled with the fact that I have windows sounds completely disabled, it seems like it might not be windows. But you're right it definitely sounds like a sound windows would make.

    Sorry for being boring and repeating myself but Iím so curious about this case that I collected all your posts in one place and made another short summary:

    1. I have all windows sounds disabled

    Unless there is a Windows bug that disables not ALL the sounds, but 99%, we can at this point exclude completely Windows system as the source.

    2. It happens when I am watching online videos. That seems to be the only time when it occurs + Volume mixer doesn't seem to help + I don't have firefox/chrome muted

    I know itís stupid but to be sure once and for all: could you watch online videos for a couple of days with your browser (in volume mixer) muted?

    3. It's a new computer

    Could it be a widget, background proprietary app, extra feature or whatever the maker of your laptop calls it to make it? Autoruns seems like a good starting point.
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