What is Smash.exe?

The genuine Smash.exe file is a software component of Smash by SoftMaker Software GmbH.
This process is used in conjunction with the SoftMake Office Suite, which is a standard word processing and spreadsheet suite. It allows for quick viewing of folder structure when saving and creating new documents or projects, as well as viewing important system files. SoftMaker software has a large market share in Europe, and is gradually becoming more well known in North America.

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 Smash.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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Smash.exe file information

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

The process belongs to software Smash by SoftMaker Software GmbH (

Description: Smash.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file Smash.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 163,840 bytes (34% of all occurrences), 229,411 bytes and 4 more variants. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify Smash.exe related errors

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

SoftMaker Office installs it (102432 bytes)
  Brian Verre   (further information)
A virus.
It belongs to the SoftMaker Office suite. It is a Windows Explorer add on.
  Ronald Fischer   (further information)
Smash.exe in /Program Files/SoftMaker Office 2008/ loads the tray icons for this Microsoft Office like Suite. It is not a virus if it is bundled with this package.
SMASH = SoftMaker Application SHell. It's a quick starter for SoftMaker applications.
  tejas   (further information)
Part of SoftMaker Office 2010
  Jeffery K. hughes  
this is for the Softmaker Office suite an alternative to Microsoft Office
not a virus. works witn softmaker office suite
It installed with softmaker's office suite
Also comes with Ashampoo Office 2010 (trial version, at least) - I trust Ashampoo not to deliberately use viruses, etc. And I trust Download Accelerator Plus to have identified any problem with Smash.
  Lee Newsum  
Also installs with Ashampoo's Office Suite
SoftMaker/Ashampoo Office 2010 tray icon loader. Disable by right-clicking tray icon, Preferences, uncheck Start with Windows
came whit ashampoo office, taskbar launchers
  Ronny Ackerman  
runs with the ashamoo office program but stays open when you have finished and closed down
  nigel oldale  
Comes with Ashampoo's office suite
  Conrad W. Paul  
Virus with a custom blue screen of death,similar to the regular win95 said,except pressing any key resort it machine and messes up io.sys,changing it with a hard drive formatting trojan
  Brooke Hudson  
This is an *optional* component during a custom install of SoftMaker Office Professional 2016. By default it is *not* selected for install.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Smash.exe: based on 16 votes with 17 user comments. 4 users think Smash.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think Smash.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade Smash.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Smash issues

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