What is smpd.exe?

The genuine smpd.exe file is a software component of SMPD Process Manager by Intel.
Smpd.exe is an executable file that runs the Simple Multipurpose Daemon. Smpd.exe is a process manager used to install, uninstall, start or stop the SMPD service. The SMPD service is an MPI (Message Passing Interface) Library process management system created by Intel that enables the starting and managing of parallel jobs. Intel stands for 'Integrated Electronics'. The Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. It is one of the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip makers with an annual revenue that crosses US $50 billion.

SMpD stands for Simple Multipurpose Daemon

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 smpd.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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Smpd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with smpd
Smpd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as MPICH2 or Process manager service for MPICH2 applications or Process manager service for MPI applications belongs to software Folding or SMPD Process manager or MPICH2 by Argonne National Lab ( or Intel (

Description: Smpd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The smpd.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,135,616 bytes (68% of all occurrences), 1,187,840 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. There is no information about the author of the file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Smpd.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 53% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program MPICH2 or Folding using Windows Control Panel
  2) ask Customer Support to assist you.

Recommended: Identify smpd.exe related errors

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

I got it when I tried to install Intel's C++
  Neil Murphy  
It's a .exe file utilized by the Folding at Home high performance SMP client
  Cole   (further information)
It's needed; used for distributed computing through MPI. It is not dangerous.
  atr   (further information)
Stanford Folding@Home SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) file. The link also mentions the smpd and mpiexec programs.
  Wireball   (further information)
MPI component of StarCCM+

Summary: Average user rating of smpd.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think smpd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving smpd issues

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