If you like to delete unused software and clean your program files folder from time to time, then you probably end up discovering some programs you have no idea how they got there.
If you come across unfamiliar plugins like ESN Sonar or a process like sonarhost.exe that runs in your Task Manager, you probably want to know if it’s ok to remove it before actually getting rid of it.
So what is ESN Sonar?
ESN Sonar is a safe executable file. It is designed to connect to the internet, adding a Windows Firewall exception and enabling users to connect without interference. Removing it will affect only the performance of the programs associated with it. However, if ESN Sonar and sonarhost.exe are causing errors and frequently giving you error messages—you can fix it by reinstalling the software.
If you ever come across a program or software that kind of looks suspicious, the best thing you can do is to use Anti-Virus software to scan your program files, browsing web pages, control panel, and storage to know which files you need to delete and programs to uninstall.
In the case of ESN Sonar API—do not delete it unless you know what it does first.
What is ESN Sonar and What Does it Do?
ESN Sonar is a program developed by a company called ESN Social Software AB. It is designed to connect to the internet, adding a Windows Firewall exception and enabling users to connect without interference.
If you didn’t install the ESN Sonar API manually, it probably came with one of your programs or games, particularly the online game Battlefield 3 or 4. Because it is designed as an exception to Windows Firewall, its main task is to provide communication among players in the game chat room without interference.
For effective communication among the players, the voice chat quality needs to be high. Integrating voice communication within a game can be challenging without specific programs like the ESN Sonar API, which is why it is an integral part of the game if you want the best performance.
It uses VoIP technology to transmit voice information through the voice chat channels, and it is installed automatically as a plugin for Google Chrome and Firefox when you install the Battlefield Online Game.
Should I Remove ESN Sonar?
If you do not heavily rely on or use Battlefield’s voice chat feature, you can probably remove the ESN Sonar plugin. Deleting it will not affect the in-game features, and it is quite easy to remove.
You just basically need to go to the programs and features section in the control panel, which is the standard way to delete programs on Windows XP, 8, 10, etc.
However, in some cases, the ESN Sonar can cause errors when it is not installed or uninstalled correctly or when related components are missing and damaged.
ESN Sonar Error Messages
Some of the common sonarhost.exe error messages that appear are:
- Sonarhost.exe application error
- Sonarhost.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience
- Sonarhost.exe failed
- Error starting program: sonarhost.exe
- Faulting Application Path: sonarhost.exe
- SonarHost.exe not found
- Sonarhost.exe is not running
- Sonarhost.exe is not a valid Win32 application
If you ever come across these error messages, you will need to fix it for the programs associated with it to perform smoothly and how it was intended.
Fixing ESN Sonar Error Messages
Fixing these error messages will depend on the nature of each error message. You can try the simplest solutions like rebooting the app or rebooting your computer, but if the error messages become more frequent, you might want to try these troubleshooting methods:
Fix registry entries
Manually modifying registry entries can cause more problems, so you will need to install specialized software when fixing registry entries.
Scanning for viruses
One of the most common causes of error messages is malware, so make sure you scan your computer for viruses.
Perform a system restore
Many problems can be fixed by restoring your computer to an earlier version. Just make sure you back your computer up from time to time in case you run into emergencies.
How to Remove ESN Sonar
Removing ESN Sonar is easy, all you need to do is:
Step 1: Open the control panel
Once in the control panel, go to programs and locate ESN Sonar. Or simply go to the search bar in the Windows menu and search ‘Control Panel’
Step 2: Find ESN Sonar within the programs
When you find ESN Sonar, just click on add/remove programs to uninstall. On newer versions of Windows OS, you might need to right click to choose to uninstall the software developed by ESN.
Step 3: Reboot Computer
After following the prompt, reboot your computer once the uninstallation is complete.
Is it safe to remove ESN Sonar?
It is safe to remove ESN Sonar. However, it may cause problems within the associated programs, especially for the performance of online games and voice chat features.
What causes ESN Sonar error messages?
ESN Sonar error messages are caused by malware, improper installation, and incomplete or missing files.