What is sm56hlpr.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 sm56hlpr.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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Sm56hlpr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sm56hlpr
Sm56hlpr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Application executable file or SM56 Modem Helper or Motorola (version SM56 Win32 Utility) belongs to software SM56 Helper Win32 Utility or Motorola (version SM56 Tray Application, SM56 Speakerphone Modem, SM56 Data Fax Modem, SM56 Speakerphone) by Motorola ( or Dynex.

Description: Sm56hlpr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sm56hlpr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 630,784 bytes (23% of all occurrences), 1,458,176 bytes and 13 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. Sm56hlpr.exe is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Sm56hlpr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you run into problems with sm56hlpr.exe, you may also uninstall Motorola SM56 Speakerphone Modem or Motorola SM56 Data Fax Modem software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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If sm56hlpr.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 8% dangerous. The file size is 544,768 bytes (74% of all occurrences), 557,056 bytes, 548,864 bytes or 565,248 bytes. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The sm56hlpr.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Sm56hlpr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as sm56hlpr.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sm56hlpr.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

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Motorola (Mobiltelefon) SM56 modem drivers
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dispositivo de um modem
Do NOT remove SM56helper.exe! If you do, your modem won't work properly. In particular, you will lose the sound during dial-up (that lets you know if you have a busy signal, wrong number, etc.)

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Summary: Average user rating of sm56hlpr.exe: based on 15 votes with 5 user comments. 7 users think sm56hlpr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users think sm56hlpr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sm56hlpr issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with sm56hlpr. 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 sm56hlpr.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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