What is fsm32.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 fsm32.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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Fsm32.exe file information

The process known as F-Secure Settings and Statistics belongs to software F-Secure Management Agent or Charter High-Speed Security or F-Secure Anti-Virus Client by F-Secure (

Description: Fsm32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Fsm32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 122,929 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 118,832 bytes and 13 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
The software vendor offers the option to completely remove F-Secure Internet Security 2006 or Charter High-Speed Security (Control Panel⇒Add/Remove programs).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as fsm32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the fsm32.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

macht verbindung mit internet ohne das ich das will.
Shedules anti-virus scans for F=Secure
  Animal451   (further information)
keeps popping up on startup
fsm32 not loading
system halted
Is part of F-Secure Antivirus
  DarkStar   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of fsm32.exe: based on 4 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think fsm32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 3 users don't grade fsm32.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving fsm32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with fsm32. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 fsm32.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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