What is SMManager.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 SMManager.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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SMManager.exe file information

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

The process known as SMManager Application belongs to software Smith Micro Connectivity Manager or Dell ControlPoint Connection Manager by Smith Micro Software (

Description: SMManager.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The SMManager.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 77,824 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 76,288 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The SMManager.exe file is not a Windows core file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Dell ControlPoint Connection Manager or Dell ControlPoint Connection, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on Dell ControlPoint Connection Manager or Dell ControlPoint Connection in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or click on to visit the vendor's website.

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

smmanager.exe is a part of Smith Micro Connectivity Manager and it can use over 50% CPU. If you have this problem then uninstall anything that related with Dell Control Point and then download the latest DCP Connection Manager and install it.
Belongs to Dell ControlPoint, Connection Manager
It is also part of HP Connection Manager

Summary: Average user rating of SMManager.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 4 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving SMManager issues

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