SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE Malware Solution (removal instructions)

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Users come across with SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE process in their Task Manager unexpectedly as in most cases their anti-viruses do not accept it as malicious and permit the installation. We may persuade you that such object is potentially unwanted to be in the system as it has negative effect on the performance of the computer. It is responsible for the generation of a slew of pop-ups in your browser that enables normal surfing the Internet.


If you haven’t thought about the SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE malicious process before, check whether your computer has it right now. Look through the Task Manager and right-click on the process if you see it. Selected option can open the С:\users\USER\appdata\local folder where the process is located. Try manual removing first, and if it will not help, delete the threat automatically with the specially made for this utility.

Intrusion of SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE malicious process and other associated infections into your computer may take place due to various reasons. First of all, sometimes Internet users are personally responsible for installing the large variety of potentially unwanted programs. This often takes place while they deal with cost-free software that could be bundled with such PUPs. Definitely, it is always important to pay close attention to the installation guidelines and the information contained in the EULAs (End User License Agreements) related to such free software. In case you read about some third-party software that is suggested for you to be installed by default, do not agree with such misleading proposals. Switch to the advanced or custom installation mode where you may uncheck such options from being implemented. Finally, penetration of SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE is the result of poor protection of your computer by your existing anti-virus software. It is also true that some users prefer not to have any anti-malware at all (which is surely not a good idea). On the other hand, there are many reputable anti-virus applications that claim to defend your PC whereas in times of malware attacks they fail to perform their direct function. Definitely, the fact that SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE got injected is the reason for you to reconsider your choices in terms of the security software into which you entrust the integrity of your PC.


The best remedy against SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE malware is total removing it from your system. There’s an eye opener, and no mistake it is GridinSoft Anti-Malware tool. We prepared clear tutorial for you that will help to remove all existing on your computer threats together with this one. In case of additional help, support is always here!

SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE removal guide

STEP 1. Remove SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE virus from the browser

First of all, SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE is a browser hijackers, like many others. So, here is the simple way to remove them from the browser and get your homepage and search engine back. You just need to reset your browser settings. To do this automatically and for free, you can use the Reset Browser Settings tool from GridinSoft:

  1. Reset Browser Setting is a tool, included to the complex anti-malware program. So, first of all, you need to download and install GridinSoft Anti-Malware (here or from the product page):
  2. Open the Tools tab on the top menu. Choose the Reset Browser Settings tools from the list:
  3. Choose Reset Browser Settings tool
    GridinSoft Anti-Malware tools tab
  4. Select the browser, which is infected by SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE, and options, that you need to reset, and just do it! (Please, be aware, that this procedure will close all instances of the selected browsers, and save your work in them before clicking on the “Reset” button):
  5. Choose your browser and click Reset
    Reset Browser Settings options
  6. When this process is done, you’ll see such screen. It means, that your browser settings are default now and SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE has been removed from your browser:
  7. Your browser is clean!
    Reset Browser completed

Video guide on how to reset browser automatically:

BUT!! Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE hasn’t installed some malicious software directly in your system. So, we strongly recommend every user, who has the same problem, to scan his computer after the browser resetting and make sure, that PC is clean and safe.

STEP 2. Remove SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE traces from the system

  1. Go back to the GridinSoft Anti-Malware main screen and choose the scan type:
  2. Choose "Full Scan"
    GridinSoft Anti-Malware Scan Types
  3. Scan your computer system:
  4. Please wait until the scan completed
    Anti-Malware Scan Process
  5. After the scan is completed, you will see if there is any adware on your PC. Remove the detected items by clicking on the “Apply” button:
  6. Move detected items to quarantine
    GridinSoft Anti-Malware Scan Results
  7. Finally, this window is a proof of your system’s absolutely cleanness. You removed SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE!
  8. GridinSoft Anti-Malware Removal Process
    Removal process completed. Your system is clean!

Video guide on how to remove SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE from the system:

STEP 3.How to prevent your PC from being reinfected with SMADAV-UPDATER.EXE in the future.

GridinSoft Anti-Malware offers excellent solution which may help to prevent your system from being contaminated with malware ahead of time. This feature is referred to as “On-Run Protection”. By default, it is disabled once you install the software. To enable it, please click on “Protect” button and press “Start” as demonstrated below:

The useful and interesting function may allow people to prevent install of malicious software. It means, when you will try to install some suspicious file, On-Run Protection will block this installation attempt ahead of time. NOTE! If users want to allow the dangerous program to be installed, they may choose “Ignore this file” button. In case, if you want to terminate malicious program, you must select “Confirm”.

On-Run Protection from malware
GridinSoft On-Run Protection
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