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What does the spmd.exe file do?

The spmd.exe process is also known as Software Protection Manager Daemon and is a part of Software Protection Management System. This software is produced by mental images GmbH (www.mentalimages.com). An obsolete or defective version of spmd.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about spmd.exe Software Protection Manager Daemon

spmd.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file spmd.exe is found in a subdirectory of C:\ (e.g. C:\WINDOWS\System32\spm\). The file size is 704,512 bytes.
This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. This spmd program can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. The file does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. Spmd.exe is capable of log keyboard entries, hide itself from other programs as well as Change the behavior of other applications. For this reason, 60% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A spmd.exe file has a 70% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of C:\Windows\System32. In this case, the file size is usually 638,976 bytes. The spmd file is not a Windows system file, but it is nontheless located in the C:\Windows folder. The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. This process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. It was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. Spmd.exe is capable of record keystrokes, make itself undetectable by other programs as well as Change the behavior of other applications.

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 spmd.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 spmd?

It has something to do with Softimage XSI license server
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 (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.

Summary: 5 users judge spmd.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. One user considers it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted spmd.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Software Protection Management System

spmd.exe Software Protection Manager Daemon fix

To remove Software Protection Manager Daemon from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for Software Protection Management System in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if spmd.exe (Software Protection Manager Daemon) 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 Software Protection Manager Daemon. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Software Protection Manager Daemon 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 spmd.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.

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