What is AdskCleanup.0001?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the AdskCleanup.0001 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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AdskCleanup.0001 file information

The process known as Cleanup belongs to software Macrovision Europe Ltd. Cleanup by Macrovision Europe (

Description: AdskCleanup.0001 is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The AdskCleanup.0001 file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder or sometimes in the Windows folder for temporary files or in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 59,964 bytes (89% of all occurrences) or 46,080 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. AdskCleanup.0001 is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AdskCleanup.0001, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AdskCleanup.0001 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.


User Comments

Used by Autodesk ( software to manage standalone product license activation
  Darren J. Young   (further information)
Part of autodesk licensing program
Something to do with Autodesk licensing - annoying!
Something to do with 3DS max and other Autodesk programs (hence Adsk)
  Firefly   (further information)
Its running when Studio Max 8 is running.
It always appears when I use 3dmax - can 'delete' in task manager, but it reopens elsewhere. Harmless.
Causes fatal errors on my AutoCAD2005, running on Win2000Pro! Seriously annoying, AutoCAD tries to close and asks to 'try and save' my work, but to no avail... Happens regularly! Tip: set your autosave time to max of 5 mins. If not, it will be dangerous to your wallet if you, like me, get paid by the hour....
  Gerald Vos, Holland (that's Europe)  
As some people said before, it is used by Autodesk apps (in my case Autocad) to manage licenses. From Autodesks site, "The AdskCleanup process is used by the activation technology to manage the licenses for Autodesk software." Check the link for more info.
    (further information)
Same, it reopens when running 3DSMax
  Juan Antonio  
Just installed Autodesk's AutoCAD 2008 and this showes up in task manager. Probably Autodesk stuff.
  Casey S.  
From Autodesk website:
it starts up in taskmanager everytime i load autocad, sometimes several instances. It doesn't seem to change anything if you kill the process, and when i have problems loading acad it speeds it up.

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Summary: Average user rating of AdskCleanup.0001: based on 13 votes with 12 user comments. 6 users think AdskCleanup.0001 is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade AdskCleanup.0001 ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AdskCleanup issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AdskCleanup. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AdskCleanup.0001 process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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