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What does the ssms.exe file do?

The ssms.exe process is also known as SSMS - SQL Server Management Studio and is a part of Microsoft SQL Server (Version 2008 Management). This software is produced by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com). An obsolete or defective version of ssms.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 ssms.exe SSMS - SQL Server Management Studio

ssms.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Ssms.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,296,920 bytes (50% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 1,605,120 bytes.
The ssms file is no part of Microsoft Windows. For this reason, 36% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.

A ssms.exe file has a 56% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in in a subdirectory of the Windows Temp folder. In this case, the file size is usually 349,661 bytes. There is no internal description of the file. The file was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. This process does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. ssms.exe appears to be a file that was compressed by an EXE-Packer. This technique is often used by trojans to keep the file size small and also hamper debugging efforts. However, this in itself is not sufficient reason to presume malicious intent, since even well-intentioned, professional software producers take advantage of compressed files.

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 ssms.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 ssms?

different to smss.exe, could be sasser virus/worm
Darren O'Brien
A worm with its own SMTP engine (further information...)
Antti Iiskola
connects to a MDaemon mail server via port 5900
Kyle Byrnes
Sql Server 2005/2008 Management Studio
Dave Mertens
i had this on my PC and its evil

Summary: 29 users judge ssms.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 5 users consider it harmless. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 11 users have already deleted ssms.exe. source: file.net

How to uninstall Microsoft SQL Server

To remove SSMS - SQL Server Management Studio from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
  2. Type the word uninstall.
  3. Click Add or remove programs.
  4. Now locate Microsoft SQL Server in the list of displayed applications.
  5. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
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How to tell if ssms.exe (SSMS - SQL Server Management Studio) 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 SSMS - SQL Server Management Studio. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for SSMS - SQL Server Management Studio 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 ssms.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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