What is sfmgr.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 sfmgr.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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Sfmgr.exe file information

The process known as sfmgr.exe belongs to software Autodesk (version 3ds Max 9 32-bit) or NVIDIA Performance Driver for by unknown.

Description: Sfmgr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sfmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\ or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 208,896 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 171,008 bytes or 166,400 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The sfmgr.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify sfmgr.exe related errors

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

SplutterFish: Brazil - License Manager
Only required if you need to run SplutterFish: Brazil rendering system for 3ds max
  vernon   (further information)
Rendering package manager for 3DS Max
  GENUS   (further information)
its for brazil
It's important if you have the Brazil plugin installed for 3D Studio Max, otherwise it's not needed.
This is a required file for the DCP Flips licensing system for Brazil R/S.
If you have it you should know: it is an expensive Renderer ;)
Splutterfish Lincense Manager
brazil rendering system
    (further information)
It´s the license system for the brazil rendering plugin
  shaG   (further information)
It is the licence server for the Brazil R/S renderer which is a plugin for Autodesk 3D Studio Max
  Rhys.   (further information)
It is also a malware that spreads via flash drives
Rendered W. Explorer, DOS useless. Appeared as target in autorun.inf on USB memory stick from public computer supposedly virus protected.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of sfmgr.exe: based on 19 votes with 13 user comments. 13 users think sfmgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks sfmgr.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving sfmgr issues

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