How to remove the sm virus

Most antivirus programs identify sm.exe as malware—for instance Kaspersky identifies it as HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic, and F-Secure identifies it as Gen:Win32.VBMalware.em0@aCER34ci.

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Sm.exe file information

The process known as pictures appears to belong to software Pictures by unknown.

Description: Sm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sm.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 7,219 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 7,262 bytes or 77,824 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. Sm.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. The sm.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify sm.exe related errors

Important: You should check the sm.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

AVG 8.5 find it. Describe - "Virus found Win32/Heur"
could be Samsung Mobile if installed
sm.exe is boot for autorun.inf files that file is on first aid for virus

Summary: Average user rating of sm.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks sm.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sm issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active sm process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the sm.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

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