What is SCM.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 SCM.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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SCM.exe file information

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

The process known as SCM belongs to software Internet Service or MultiMedia Software or Secure Browsing or Web Application by MSI (

Description: SCM.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SCM.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 9,216 bytes (52% of all occurrences), 7,168 bytes and 12 more variants. 
The SCM.exe file is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. The program has no visible window. SCM.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with SCM.exe, you can uninstall the software Internet Service or SCM using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SCM.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TrojanDownloader:Win32/Zlob.gen!AT (detected by Microsoft), and TROJ_ZLOB.YF or TROJ_ZLOB.VF (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the SCM.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

"could" be a Java virus.
  Harvey P  
It is installed on MSI gaming PC's... newer versions can fix bugs in the function key-short cut bar.
scm.exe shows onscreen information on MSI laptops like volume or brightness when function keys are used
shows onscreen information on msi laptops like volume, brightness or camera on/off when function keys are used
I don't really know what it is, but I found it in my MSI under the SCM file folder in program files (x86). In that folder there are a series of applications (two of which were SCM.exe and MSIService.exe.) I was a little spooked when I also found a file called EyeTracking. It contains EyeTracking.exe. It contains no information and I have no idea what it does. I scanned the whole thing and it isn't a virus so I tested Eye Scanner as an admin and it did nothing.
  MSI user  

Summary: Average user rating of SCM.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SCM issues

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

Other processes

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