What is sokscmnt.exe?

The genuine sokscmnt.exe file is a software component of CHIPDRIVE Smartcard Office by SCM Microsystems.
Sokscmnt.exe is an executable file that runs the Smartcard Office Kernel, a process that belongs to the CHIPDRIVE Smartcard Office, a security program that encrypts and protects user data. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The CHIPDRIVE Smartcard Office was designed for government application as well as home and office use. The program protects confidential data from being stolen. Data can be easily locked in what is claimed by CHIPDRIVE to be the 'safest medium available'. SCM Microsystems (now Identive Infrastructure) is an American company that manufactures Smart Cards, Digital Media Readers, Smart Card Readers and Physical Access Terminals. The company is based in Fremont, California.

SOKScMnt stands for Smartcard Office Kernel: Smartcard Management

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 sokscmnt.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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Sokscmnt.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with sokscmnt
Sokscmnt.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SafeID Kernel or Smart Card Office Kernel NT or Smartcard Office Kernel belongs to software SafeID or Smart Card Office Kernel or CHIPDRIVE Smartcard Office by CISCO Security Pte ( or SCM Microsystems (

Description: Sokscmnt.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Sokscmnt.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 964,096 bytes (77% of all occurrences), 963,584 bytes or 458,240 bytes. 
The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. Sokscmnt.exe is not a Windows core file. Sokscmnt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous.

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If sokscmnt.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 52% dangerous. The file size is 964,096 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 377,856 bytes. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. Sokscmnt.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

Important: Some malware disguises itself as sokscmnt.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the sokscmnt.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 sokscmnt issues

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