smsse.exe missing

By lvpmp187
Mar 26, 2005
  1. I just reformatted my computer and reinstalled windows xp home. Now when Windows loads, it hangs for a second, and I get an error when the desktop finally pops up that says that it cannot find the file smsse.exe. I have seen on the internet that this is a virus, but how can this be true seeing as how i just erased the whole drive?

    Also, every now and then i get a large message that pops up telling me that my computer is not safe, and that i need to go to some web site to downloads the patch. I am sure that this is not true, but i have not yet done anything that would give me spyware or a virus.

    (By the way, I have no virus protection. I am going tomorrow to get the new norton 2005.)
  2. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 134

    smsse.exe is not an XP default executable..for Win Messenger Service..disable it in Services or go here and read up on Close attention to a fully updated AV for your trojan/virus.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  4. triplate

    triplate TS Rookie Posts: 134

    Yeh..suites generally suck...i use AVG Pro and Sygate Pro...excellant apps and not bloated...;)
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