What is spmd.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 spmd.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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Spmd.exe file information

The process known as Software Protection Manager Daemon belongs to software Software Protection Management System by mental images GmbH (

Description: Spmd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The spmd.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\ (mostly C:\WINDOWS\System32\spm\). The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 704,512 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows system file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Spmd.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to remove the entire program SOFTIMAGE Softimage License or SOFTIMAGE License Server using Windows Control Panel.

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If spmd.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 70% dangerous. The file size is 638,976 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 704,512 bytes. The program has no visible window. The spmd.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The spmd.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Spmd.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, hide itself and manipulate other programs.

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

It has something to do with Softimage XSI license server
  Ben   (further information)
try to reach with telnet at 7050...
It is the softimage license program. If it doesn't run, neither does XSI
Yes you're right. Softimage will not run without this.
virus, delete immediately
  Joe   (further information)
It is part of MentalRay and is often installed by Softimage and 3DS Max. You probably wont be able to run your 3d software, certainly you wont be able to run mentalray without it.
i buyed Softimage XSI 6.0 and now i got this .exe too but there isnt any kind of lagg or something like that. if i get problems i will post here but as first it gets a "++"
Its just a tool used by XSI to validate your licenses, No real threat... Mine started to error after I uninstalled XSI Mod Tool 6. Nothing to fear, It is vital to XSI software however if you have uninstalled it, Its not Essiential to windows, can be deleted with no problem.
I have to kill this process when not using XSI, because it causes random crashes.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of spmd.exe: based on 8 votes with 9 user comments. 5 users think spmd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks spmd.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving spmd issues

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