How to remove the smmon virus

Most antivirus programs identify smmon.exe as malware—for example Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Zlob.gen, and Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Adclicker.

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Smmon.exe file information

The process belongs to software Browser Protection Volume or Security Messenger by unknown.

Description: Smmon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Smmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 9,216 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 6,656 bytes, 9,728 bytes or 11,264 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The smmon.exe file is not a Windows core file. Smmon.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with smmon.exe, you could also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramBrowser Protection Volume or Security Messenger.

Recommended: Identify smmon.exe related errors

Important: You should check the smmon.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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Best practices for resolving smmon issues

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