What does the fsm32.exe file do?
The fsm32.exe process is also known as F-Secure Settings and Statistics and is a part of F-Secure Management Agent. This software is produced by F-Secure (www.f-secure.com). An obsolete or defective version of fsm32.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- F-Secure Settings and Statistics has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- F-Secure Settings and Statistics has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- fsm32.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module fsm32.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about fsm32.exe F-Secure Settings and Statistics
fsm32.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Fsm32.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 310,312 bytes (40% of all these files), 310,208 bytes, 310,992 bytes, 347,688 bytes or, as the case may be, 200,360 bytes.
It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This fsm32.exe process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The original file has been signed by a trusted signature authority. This lets you check your copy to see if it is a counterfeit. This fsm32.exe process is initiated as part of Windows start-up (Registry: MACHINE\Run). For this reason, 41% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves fsm32.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about fsm32?
|Shedules anti-virus scans for F=Secure (further information...) |
|keeps popping up on startup |
|fsm32 not loading |
|system halted |
|Is part of F-Secure Antivirus |
Summary: 3 users judge fsm32.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall F-Secure Management Agent
To remove F-Secure Settings and Statistics from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate F-Secure Management Agent in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if fsm32.exe (F-Secure Settings and Statistics) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of F-Secure Settings and Statistics. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for F-Secure Settings and Statistics or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or fsm32.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.