How to remove the sms virus

Most antivirus programs identify sms.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as Trojan.Zbot!gen43 or Backdoor.Tidserv, and Microsoft identifies it as Trojan:Win32/Servlice.A or TrojanClicker:Win32/Klik.

The sms.exe file is a software component of Win32/Deathat.A Trojan.
Sms.exe is an executable file that is created by the Win32/Deathat.A trojan, a malicious computer program designed to install itself on a computer and download additional files off the Internet to infect the computer. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed immediately upon discovery. Win32/Deathat.A is known to send critical user information over the Internet. Sensitive information such as passwords and credit card details may be compromised. The trojan may also allow remote access for hackers and data thieves to the infected computer. It is recommended to use an advanced anti-virus software solution to scan and remove this file.

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Sms.exe file information

The process known as Eraser belongs to software Eraser or sms by The Eraser Project ( or Company.

Description: Sms.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Sms.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 271,872 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 309,248 bytes or 1,085,266 bytes. 
The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). Sms.exe is not a Windows system file. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The sms.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. Sms.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the sms.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

DAP SMS Messenger
malware camouflage
I have a program for 4 Security Cams on my home, but SMS.exe will not allow the program to work, so cams can be view on PC. Screen shows "SMS.exe has encounterd a problem & needs to close..."
  J. R.  
Showed up in my task manager right after i stupidly clicked a virus containing link on skype. The link was from a friend and when i asked him if he sent it, he said no.Shows up after clicking on a suspicious link (My skype kept crashing after clicking it by the way). I think it speaks for its self. sms.exe is dangerous, remove it.

Summary: Average user rating of sms.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think sms.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. One user thinks sms.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving sms issues

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

Other processes

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