What is ssk.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 ssk.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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Ssk.exe file information

The process known as SuperSpamKiller - Freeware belongs to software SuperSpamKiller or Surf SideKick by Mirko Böer (

Description: Ssk.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The ssk.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 418,816 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 138,240 bytes. 
The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: User Shell Folders, MACHINE\Run, Run, DEFAULT\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. Ssk.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with ssk.exe, you can uninstall Surf SideKick from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

Important: Some malware also uses the file name ssk.exe, for example ADW_SURFSIDE.C (detected by TrendMicro), and Adware.SurfSideKick (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the ssk.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If SuperSpamKiller has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Pure Spamware! Kill it!
Causes advertising popups by SurfSideKick
  Chris   (further information)
Related to SurfSideKick Kill It
Sniffy Pro is a program used for psychology students. You should have put this program on through a CD. If your are not taking this class- then there could be something wrong.
Almost impossible to remove
It's malicious spyware. Nearly impossible to remove.
  SSK Developer killer  
I'd rather have something eating my data then this crap. Its Horrable!!! The worst i've seen in years

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ssk.exe: based on 14 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think ssk.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 4 users suspect danger. 7 users think ssk.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving ssk issues

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