What is AGCoreService.exe?

The genuine AGCoreService.exe file is a software component of Webshots Desktop by AG Interactive.
AGCoreService.exe is a process that belongs to AG Interactive's Webshots program. This process allows the Webshots screensaver to cycle through its images. It is not an essential Windows process. American Greetings was founded by Jacob Sapirstein, a Polish immigrant, in 1906. Today, it is one the world's largest greeting card company with revenues crossing $1.6 billion. American Greetings is based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

AGCoreService stands for American Greetings Webshots Core Service

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 AGCoreService.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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AGCoreService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AGCoreService
AGCoreService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AGCoreService belongs to software Webshots Desktop or Webshots Daily Features or Webshots Toolbar for Firefox or Toolbar for or Toolbar or AG Core Services or Webshots Toolbar for IE by AG Interactive (

Description: AGCoreService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AGCoreService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 20,480 bytes (98% of all occurrences) or 40,960 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. AGCoreService.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Webshots Desktop or Webshots Daily Features (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify AGCoreService.exe related errors

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


User Comments

AGCoreService.exe is part of AGCoreService developed by AG Interactive.
Normally associated with Webshots Desktop - a program that, if I'm not mistaken, lets you download and cycle desktop wallpapers at intervals automatically.
It's part of Webshots Desktop. It's essential only if you want to run Webshots Desktop. I run it with no problems. AG Interactive is a subsidiary of American Greetings.
  Robert E Murphy   (further information)
American Greetings is the company that bought webshots. the AGCoreService.exe is the background program that allows webshots screensaver to cycle. If you use webshots desktop for your screensaver, the program won't cycle without AGCoreservice.exe If you don't use this screensaver, you can disable the AGCoreService.exe or uninstall it.
If you are running WebShots on your computer it is needed. I have my PC set to let me know when my favorite users post new pictures, and I use WebShots for my background and screensavers. I've never had a problem with them.
Difficult, Irritating, Delete AGI as Admin in Program Files after stoppping Process in Tast Mgr as Admin
  Susan Shumway Ridenour  
Part of the Webshots desktop background switcher software from American Greetings, Inc, which in my case continuously uses 4-10% of CPU just to change the windows background image every 15 minutes (user specified interval). I eventually abandoned Webshots and used a superior free background switcher you can search for called Johns Background Switcher, with more functionality and ability to grab random images from dropbox, flickr, 500px, other photo sites,etc, in addition to your own image folders and individual images. Importantly, as any background switcher should, Johns Background Switcher only uses .01% CPU between image changes not a constant 4.0% to 10% as Webshots. Convert your webshots captured images (file extension .wbz and .wb*) to JPG with a free batch tool called Ultimate Webshots Converter, save the file names with the webshots image name which can then be viewed or displayed with the JBS switcher.

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Summary: Average user rating of AGCoreService.exe: based on 7 votes with 7 user comments. 2 users think AGCoreService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving AGCoreService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AGCoreService. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 AGCoreService.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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