What is DivXsm.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 DivXsm.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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DivXsm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with DivXsm
DivXsm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as divxsm belongs to software DivX Inc. divxsm or K-Lite Codec Pack (version 2.77 Full) or DivX Plus DirectShow Filters by DivX (

Description: DivXsm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The DivXsm.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 524,288 bytes (76% of all occurrences), 778,240 bytes or 536,576 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows system file. DivXsm.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 38% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If DivXsm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 532,480 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 536,576 bytes. The file is not a Windows core file. DivXsm.exe is able to monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with DivXsm.exe, you can remove the entire program K-Lite Codec Pack 2.77 Full or DivX Plus DirectShow Filters using Windows Control Panel.

If DivXsm.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 524,288 bytes. DivXsm.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. DivXsm.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as DivXsm.exe. Therefore, you should check the DivXsm.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

Makes your CPU run at 100% or close to many times. Im deleting it
divxsm.exe is either DivX Codec located in c:\Program Files\DivX\DivX Codec\DivXsm.exe or Worm W32/Sdbot-DHC if located in C:\Windows\DivXsm.exe
  Mike   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of DivXsm.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks DivXsm.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving DivXsm issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with DivXsm. 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 DivXsm.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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