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