What is SMessaging.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 SMessaging.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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SMessaging.exe file information

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

The process known as SOS.Messaging or Strongvault Online Backup belongs to software Strongvault Online Backup or Stronghold Online Backup by Stronghold Online Backup or Strongvault Online Backup.

Description: SMessaging.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SMessaging.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 31,664 bytes. 
The SMessaging.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). SMessaging.exe is not a Windows system file. The software can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file is a Verisign signed file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with SMessaging.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Stronghold Online Backup or Strongvault Online Backup) or consult's Customer Service for advice.

Recommended: Identify SMessaging.exe related errors

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

After uninstalling, I had to use MSconfig to stop it trying to start every time the computer started, and throwing a pop-up error message on the screen, because it was still in the start-up list. I suppose I could have whacked it in the registry, but MSconfig was easier for me.
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Summary: Average user rating of SMessaging.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving SMessaging issues

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