How to remove the Smad virus

Most antivirus programs identify Smad.exe as malware—for instance Microsoft identifies it as Adware:MSIL/SanctionedMedia, and Sophos identifies it as Sanctioned Media.

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Smad.exe file information

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

The process known as Smad belongs to software Smad by SanctionedMedia.

Description: Smad.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Smad.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 43,520 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 37,376 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). The Smad.exe file is not a Windows core file. Smad.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Smad.exe related errors

Important: You should check the Smad.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If Smad has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

BitDefender 2011 update 23-07-2012 didn't detect it as any kind of suspicious file. Result: OK *** This is an adware. Please remove it ASAP.

Summary: Average user rating of Smad.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks Smad.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving Smad issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active Smad process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the Smad.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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