What is SaiSmart.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 SaiSmart.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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SaiSmart.exe file information

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

The process known as Smart Button Special Sauce belongs to software SaiSmart Application by Saitek (

Description: SaiSmart.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. SaiSmart.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—generally C:\Program Files\Saitek\Software\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 98,304 bytes (89% of all occurrences) or 86,016 bytes. 
SaiSmart.exe is not a Windows core file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Saitek uses this. something to do with their controllers. Fairly unnecisairy, you can close it if you want.
Saitek process used for profiles.
This is a very advanced macro program that works with Saitek Joysticks. Useful if you use it, not dangerous.
It loads the Saitek SST Programming Software profile for custom joystick button assignments.
  Dave Kay   (further information)
Used for the Saitek SST Programming Software which enables the user to define buttons and controls on all Saitek controllers (i.e. controllers, rudder pedals...) so that all programs may have the same inputs as the user has defined. I think
Supports Saitek joysticks

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SaiSmart.exe: based on 13 votes with 6 user comments. 10 users think SaiSmart.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving SaiSmart issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SaiSmart. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the SaiSmart.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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