What is smsse.exe?

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 smsse.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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Smsse.exe file information

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

Description: Smsse.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The smsse.exe file is located in the "C:\Program Files\Common Files" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 17,920 bytes (55% of all occurrences) or 20,480 bytes. 
The smsse.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous.

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If smsse.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 80% dangerous. The file size is 55,300 bytes. There is no file information. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Winlogon\Shell). The smsse.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as smsse.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example W32.IRCBot (detected by Symantec), and Worm:Win32/Pushbot.GN (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the smsse.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 smsse issues

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

To help you analyze the smsse.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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