What is smartdrv.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 smartdrv.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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Smartdrv.exe file information

The process belongs to software Project1 by Trojan Factory.

Description: Smartdrv.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file smartdrv.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 11,268 bytes (86% of all occurrences) or 11,264 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. It is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows system file. Smartdrv.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify smartdrv.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as smartdrv.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the smartdrv.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

it is related to a trojan called fakeale which open a site every 15-20 min and a window every 3 mins , just terminate it with the office1 task
  the coptic  
If found in the C:\Windows\Temp folder, it may be associated with the JS/Downloader.Agent virus. I've found this very difficult to remove.
SMARTDRV.EXE is a program for DOS that loads a disk cache to greatly speed up DOS's disk read/write times.
is an utility that can be loaded in the autoexec.bat to create a disk cache in conventional memory or extended memory.
  John   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of smartdrv.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks smartdrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks smartdrv.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving smartdrv issues

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

To help you analyze the smartdrv.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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