Is sqmdata00.sqm safe or is this task spyware?



Purpose of sqmdata00.sqm:









File purpose and description:

sqmdata00.sqm is a data file that would have appeared based on an install you have done. This is part of the MSN Instant Messenger and this occurs if you downloaded the latest version, it is part of their "customer improvement Experience" that they added into their IM software. These files can be deleted without causing any problem. You will also notice that they are reappearing if you are using the MSN IM software. They will appear in sequential number orders, you will see sqmdata00.sqm, sqmdata01.sqm, sqmdata02.sqm, etc. These files are considered safe and is not considered spyware or adware. (See the details below for the actual location of this file.)

Actual file or task name: (Note that you can view the entire list here)
sqmdata00.sqm

File type:
This is an data file, not a program.

File or folder location:
These files are found in the root drive at c:\sqmdata00.sqm, etc.


General information:
Be aware that many tasks will be similiar names to existing tasks or processes. You can always view the running tasks on your computer by pressing ctrl-alt-del to view the windows "task manager", and then view the "processes" tab. This will show you all tasks running or currently active on your PC. Although this shows you all running tasks, it does not show dll file thats are loaded, as they get loaded as part of other processes. Many spyware writers attempt to hide their files on your computer, for example, sqmdata00.sqm may be intentionally misspelled to look like a similiar task, or spyware may be named very similiar to a Windows system task. The reason they do this is so you cannot easily recognize the name in your tasklist as I have mentioned above. Make sure always check the location of the file if you are concerned. You can always find the location of sqmdata00.sqm on your computer by using your Windows search options, but I will also try to list the file location of every file described on this website, so you can verify the correct location. You can view the entire tasklist directory with the link below.

Jump to the entire processes list here!