Agent.exe is a very popular executable file used by some software. It runs silently in the background and does not show up in Task Manager unless you open Process Explorer. It usually consumes less memory than most other processes. However, there are several malicious programs that use Agent.exe to perform different tasks. They often run under the same name and look like legitimate programs, making it hard to identify them.
If you see Agent.exe taking up too much space on your system, you might want to check out our guide on how to clean up unused files.
Is Agent.exe Safe and What Is It?
Agent.exe is part of Windows 10, making it difficult to remove without reinstalling the OS. This malicious program uses system resources, including RAM, CPU cycles, disk space, bandwidth, and battery life. If you are running Windows 7 or 8, you might want to check whether you have Agent.exe installed. To do so, follow these steps:
1. Select Programs and Features.
2. Locate and select Uninstall a Program under View Installed Updates.
3. In the list of programs, look for Agent.exe. If found, uninstall it.
4. Restart your computer.
5. Check again for Agent.exe.
If you find Agent.exe, delete it immediately. You can use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free Edition to help detect and remove Agent.exe.
The Agent.exe Process in Task Manager
To find out what program is responsible for running the agent.exe process, you must use Task Manager. This tool allows you to view processes that are currently running on your computer, and it lets you stop those processes. You can do this manually or automatically.
The following steps show how to identify the agent.exe process using the Task Manager.
1. Open Windows Explorer.
2. In the Search box, type taskmgr.
3. When the Task Manager opens, double-click the “Processes” tab.
4. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and look for the agent.exe process. If there are multiple instances of the agent.exe process listed, select one.
5. Right-click the selected instance and choose End Task.
Does Agent.exe Use a Lot of CPU, RAM, or Other System Resources?
Agent.exe is a system process that runs automatically whenever you start Windows. If it uses too much memory or resources, it could cause slowdowns or crashes. You might notice high CPU usage while running programs like Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer 11, Outlook 2016, or even Microsoft Office 2016.
If you’re experiencing high resource usage, there are several things you can do to reduce the impact of agent.exe. First, try updating your operating system. Second, restart your PC. Third, check if your antivirus program is up-to-date. Finally, consider disabling some features in your browser.
The following steps explain how to disable each feature individually. For instructions on how to disable all features, see How to Disable Browser Features.
How to Disable Browser Features
For more information about how to use the tools above, read our guide, How to Manage Your Computer Resources.
How to Stop or Uninstall Agent.exe From Windows 10 Safely
Agent.exe is a common file used by many applications. If it gets stuck in memory, it can slow down your PC. You don’t want to wait until it crashes because you’ll lose data. Here’s how to safely stop or remove Agent.exe from Windows 10.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Agent.exe a Virus
The file you are about to download is a legitimate program. However, it could contain malicious code that might damage your computer. If you do not want to install this software, please don’t run it. Instead, we recommend downloading the free anti-virus application called “Malwarebytes Anti-malware”. This tool will help protect your PC against malware.
If you choose to download this software, make sure you follow the instructions included in the package. If you encounter problems while installing the program, please contact us immediately. We will provide assistance to resolve the issue.
Can I Delete the Agent.exe
The Agent.exe file is one of those Windows files you don’t really think about deleting, unless something goes wrong. But if you do delete it, things could go very badly. Here’s why.