How to remove the smss32 virus

Most antivirus programs identify smss32.exe as malware—such as TrendMicro identifies it as TROJ_FAKEAL.SMDP, and Microsoft identifies it as TrojanDownloader:Win32/Fakeinit.

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Smss32.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with smss32
Smss32.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as qKmfGb FBcTSRgugUr or htzqBLD rxYKLjGsGEarSGxQ or lwMQgRdBfM yezxhwwvHVU or rDyGu ankaaiSvcgROJzleSXaaFO or lllTE FUbVJhaHLJLU or SLdNJBGzlvwb wMfcpxefhBLRgc or XuxfnCpMxBYu ddDJItgVw or UgjV qMrFQuSlWMRGzyuJqaKcd

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Description: Smss32.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The smss32.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 25,088 bytes (15% of all occurrences), 24,064 bytes and 19 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The smss32.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. There is no file information. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: You should check the smss32.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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Summary: Average user rating of smss32.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think smss32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving smss32 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active smss32 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the smss32.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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