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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 (www.softmaker.com).

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 8/7/XP are 163,840 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 229,411 bytes and 6 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/smash.exe.html 
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.

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User Comments

SoftMaker Office installs it (102432 bytes)
  Brian Verre   (further information)
A virus.
  Dany  
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.
  madeinhawaii  
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
  diplo  
It installed with softmaker's office suite
  silvertop  
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
  pwallen1962  
SoftMaker/Ashampoo Office 2010 tray icon loader. Disable by right-clicking tray icon, Preferences, uncheck Start with Windows
  Scott  
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  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of smash.exe: based on 13 votes with 14 user comments. 4 users think smash.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks smash.exe is dangerous and recommends 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 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 smash.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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