How to remove the smsc virus

Most antivirus programs identify smsc.exe as malware—such as Symantec identifies it as W32.IRCBot.Gen or W32.Spybot.Worm, and Kaspersky identifies it as Net-Worm.Win32.Kolab.anen or Backdoor.Win32.IRCBot.iln.

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Smsc.exe file information

At the present time, we have no confirmed details about the software with which smsc.exe is associated.

Description: Smsc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Smsc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 67,584 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 23,552 bytes. 
The smsc.exe file is not a Windows core file. The smsc.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, DEFAULT\Runonce, DEFAULT\Run, MACHINE\RunServices). The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify smsc.exe related errors

If smsc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 50,703 bytes. There is no file information. Smsc.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. Smsc.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications.

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Important: You should check the smsc.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

Hatte wenn ich mich recht erinnere schon öfter mit dieser Datei zu tun (auf verschiedenen Installationen) und sie hat sehr oft versucht ins Inet zu kommen, habe sie bis vor kurzem nur für eine nervige Win-Datei gehalten und lediglich in der Firewall gesperrt. Seitdem ist sie fort stand aber auch im Autostart, wenn es eine wichtige Windows-Dat gewesen wäre, wäre sie unter servicepackfiles wohl als backup vorhanden gewesen und Windows hätte sie zurückkopiert es scheinen bisher keine probs durch das löschen aufgetreten zu sein. Habe letztens als ich aus anderen Gründen annehmen musste einen Virus zu haben einen nicht interaktiven Scan ohne intelligente Dateiauswahl, mit entweder reparieren oder löschen gemacht Resultat im Protokoll c:\windows\system\smsc.exe [INFO] Der Prozess ist nicht sichtbar. [FUND] Enthält Erkennungsmuster des Wurmes WORM/Autorun.fla.1 [INFO] Es konnte kein SpecVir-Eintrag gefunden werden!
  Noah's Raven  
Runs many cmd windows. Related to smsc.
  Vein (shockelite)  
Recently I had my clean XP installed immediately I installed some softwares of microsoft from my CD and then tried connecting to internet using my USB I saw some malicious things happning like i used to get page not foun error when ever I connected to internet ...then started debugging each and every service of windows then got to know that this SMSC service was compromised when I stopped my service then I was able to load any page on the internet ....really this hanged my head for a week

Summary: Average user rating of smsc.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user suspects danger. 2 users think smsc.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving smsc issues

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

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