What is bgsmsnd.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the bgsmsnd.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Bgsmsnd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with bgsmsnd
Bgsmsnd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as pdfMachine background process belongs to software pdfMachine or or ArCon 9 Profesionál by Broadgun Software ( or ELECO.

Description: Bgsmsnd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Bgsmsnd.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32—normally C:\WINDOWS\System32\spool\DRIVERS\W32X86\2\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 106,496 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 151,552 bytes and 4 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. Bgsmsnd.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows system file. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Run). Therefore the technical security rating is 79% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with pdfMachine or ArCon 9 Profesional occur, you can also remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel, go to the support area of the Pdfmachine website or verify that you have installed the latest version.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as bgsmsnd.exe. Therefore, you should check the bgsmsnd.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

part of pdfMachine from Broadgun Software Pty Ltd
  Morris Paterson   (further information)
sure, its pdfMachine stuff, and its not dangerous, but you might want to consider pdfCreator instead, wich is free,open source, and has no memory footprint
  bwets   (further information)
pdfMachine Broadgun Software -makes pdf files from MS Office apps
  J man  
driver for Broadgun PDF machine (PDF writer)
  David Lutz  
Broafgun Software pdfMachine.
  Jaime Rosario  
Just installed the Broadgun PDFMachine software and this showed up.
Yep, it's part of PDF-Machine - I've tried PDF Creator, CutePDF, and a host of others - BroadGun gets MY vote!
  Jim Harris  
Broadgun PDF Machine
  Cem Vedat ISIK   (further information)
This file belongs to Broadgun. Its a server for the PDF Machine product.
  Pat Story  

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Summary: Average user rating of bgsmsnd.exe: based on 16 votes with 9 user comments. 11 users think bgsmsnd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving bgsmsnd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with bgsmsnd. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the bgsmsnd.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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