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What is acs.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the acs.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Acs.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with acs
Acs.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Agnitum Outpost Service or Atheros Configuration Service or ACU Configuration Service or D-Link Configuration Service or 802.11 WLAN Configuration Service or Ekahau Configuration Service or Belkin Wireless Utility or Agnitum Client Service

belongs to software Atheros Configuration Service (ACS) or Atheros Configuration Service or ACU Configuration Service or Belkin Wireless Utility or Agnitum Outpost Firewall Pro or NETGEAR Wireless Adapter (version WG311T) or NETGEAR WPN311 Wireless Adapter or NETGEAR Wireless Adapter WPN311 or D-Link Wireless G WNA-1330 or Agnitum Outpost Security

by Atheros or NETGEAR (www.netgear.com) or Agnitum (www.agnitum.com) or Belkin (www.belkin.com) or SMC or TRENDnet or OEM (www.oem.com).

Description: Acs.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The acs.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 36,864 bytes (70% of all occurrences), 364,629 bytes and 24 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/acs.exe.html 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Acs.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Acs.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You have the option to do the following:
  1) uninstall Outpost Firewall or D-Link RangeBooster from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs"
  2) contact www.agnitum.com Customer Service [1][2]
  3) search for an update [1][2] on the vendor’s website.

Recommended: Identify acs.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as acs.exe. Therefore, you should check the acs.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

Got this when U-Verse was installed, to enable wireless capabilities for my desktop computer.
  TxGirl  
didntblock my net after blocking it installed pc tools firewall and it was the second first popup aftrer installing the firewall, aftrer the new network setting was popped before it. if this message gets there, i can still be online with my wireless card in a tower after blocking its bad ass.
   
agnitum outpost firewall process
   
Used for NetGear N150 Wireless USB Adapter
  Jeremy O  
It's a configuration service that is not related to any malicious program. Just like most ppl who posted here had said, it's AtherosConfigService. Part of the drivers set for WLAN cards, USB adapter's ect....In my case, it's a Belkin WLAN PCI card. It's harmless.
  Jzee420   (further information)
Agnitum Outpost Service (Outpost Firewall)
   
Installed under Advanced System Care 4
   
wifi card - needed !
   
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of acs.exe: based on 161 votes with 9 reviews. 114 users think acs.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 25 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 6 users suspect danger. 7 users think acs.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 12 users don't grade acs.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving acs issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with acs. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the acs.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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