What is SmartMenu.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 SmartMenu.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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SmartMenu.exe file information

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

The process known as HP MediaSmart SmartMenu or HPSmartMenu belongs to software HP MediaSmart SmartMenu or HP MediaSmart or HP MediaSmart Movies and TV by Hewlett-Packard Company ( or Hewlett-Packard (

Description: SmartMenu.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The SmartMenu.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 912,688 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 611,896 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The SmartMenu.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The SmartMenu.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. SmartMenu.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 15% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher HP provides direct support ( You could remove the entire program HP MediaSmart SmartMenu or HP MediaSmart Movies and TV using Windows Control Panel.

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

smartmenu.exe is part of HP MediaSmart developed by Hewlett-Packard. Sometimes has problems with CPU usage. Can be diables in start up list.
It controls the Start button.
  Fulvio Peri8ni  

Summary: Average user rating of SmartMenu.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks SmartMenu.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving SmartMenu issues

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