How to remove the SmdmFService virus

Most antivirus programs identify SmdmFService.exe as malware—for example Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Gen.2 or Trojan.Semnager, and TrendMicro identifies it as ADW_SRCHSUITE.SM.

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SmdmFService.exe file information

The process known as SmdmF Service belongs to software SmdmF Service or Settings Manager or Assets Manager by Aztec Media or AZTEC MEDIA INC.

Description: SmdmFService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SmdmFService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 3,570,704 bytes (58% of all occurrences), 3,572,240 bytes, 3,573,264 bytes, 3,203,088 bytes or 3,203,840 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The SmdmFService.exe file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows core file. SmdmFService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with SmdmFService.exe, you can uninstall the software Settings Manager or Assets Manager using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify SmdmFService.exe related errors

Important: You should check the SmdmFService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SmdmF Service 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 ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


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Best practices for resolving SmdmFService issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active SmdmFService process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the SmdmFService.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 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.

Other processes

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