What is spm.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 spm.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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Spm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with spm
Spm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as System component or spm belongs to software Host application or Steganos Security Suite by Northern Michigan University or Steganos (

Description: Spm.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Spm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 147,456 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 180,224 bytes, 6,211,072 bytes or 2,353,152 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run, DEFAULT\Run). Spm.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, connect to the Internet and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 50% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with spm.exe, you can uninstall the software Steganos Security Suite using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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If spm.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder, the security rating is 62% dangerous. The file size is 30,208 bytes. There is no file information. The spm.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program is not visible. Spm.exe is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as spm.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the spm.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

spm.exe is not found as a computer virus. it's related to software named 'Spyrix Personal Monitor'. it's save spying program..

Summary: Average user rating of spm.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving spm issues

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