What is sm.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 sm.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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Sm.exe file information

The process known as System Monitor or pictures belongs to software System Monitor or Pictures by SYSTEM SPEEDUP SERVICES LLP or WIN TUNEUP SOFTWARE LLP.

Description: Sm.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sm.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,933,192 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 2,932,680 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. Sm.exe is not a Windows system file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The program has no visible window. Sm.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 59% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with WinRAR come up, you can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify sm.exe related errors

Important: Some malware also uses the file name sm.exe, for example HEUR:Trojan.Win32.Generic (detected by Kaspersky), and Gen:Win32.VBMalware.em0@aCER34ci (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, 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
Malware-Warning Call, same as Event Monitor, em.exe. Was responsible for this "WARNING! Your computer may be at risk" popups
  Chris   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of sm.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think sm.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sm issues

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