smss.exe - Is smss.exe trojan, malware, or a virus?

what is smss.exe?
Purpose of smss.exe:



Process or task name:

Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and tasks: smss.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
smss.exe is a program which may have been on your computer since the day you first purchased your computer, as it may have been preinstalled software. The actual hard drive location and folder is also shown below, always verify where its located on your hard drive, as this makes sure it is not spyware, adware, or virus related. Many spyware and virus writers often place files elsewhere on your computer, and use the same name in an attempt to fool you. This smss.exe file is part of the operating system, and is a normal file to have this file on your pc. It is required by windows and will most likely always be visible in your system tasklist or task manager. Note also that other spyware programs have tried to mimic this file to confuse you, so make sure its listed in your system32 folder. This file is considered safe and is not spyware, virus, or adware related software. Visit smss.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the smss.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
It is best to search your pc for this, as the correct file should be in your system32 folder.


  • Is smss.exe spyware?
        No, this windows task is not spyware.

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        No, this windows task is not popup or adware related software.

  • Is smss.exe considered a virus or trojan?
        No, this windows task is not a virus or trojan program.

  • Would you recommend that I remove smss.exe?
        No, I would not remove this file.

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