What is smlogsvc.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 smlogsvc.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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Smlogsvc.exe file information

The process known as Performance Logs and Alerts Service belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or Performance Logs and Alerts, Performance Logs and Alerts by Microsoft (

Description: The original smlogsvc.exe is an important part of Windows and rarely causes problems. The smlogsvc.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 89,600 bytes. 
The service can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program is not visible. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The software is not active. It is a Windows core system file. There is no detailed description of this service. Therefore the technical security rating is 0% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as smlogsvc.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the smlogsvc.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

smlogsvc.exe is not running
the file is a windows service required for loading 32bit performance counters on a 64bit os
Performance Logs and Alerts service - Windows 2000/XP/2003. This background service collects performance data from local or remote computers based on scheduled jobs and either writes that data to specific log files, or it triggers an alert, or it does both.
  Garry   (further information)
my case - it is running in the forefront, not in the services section, its instances, and compatibility with windows general component access/management, makes it particularly dangerous, my sense is that some may be using it as a "springboard" -my term, thought logs and alerts are helpful sometime, so thos one is a difficult question, it's rather easy to "stuff" a virus to make it look similar in size, so what does that mean?
  Lindsay Sprague  

Summary: Average user rating of smlogsvc.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think smlogsvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving smlogsvc issues

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

To help you analyze the smlogsvc.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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