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Is agent.exe safe?

Agent.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if agent.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

Agent.exe file information

The process known as InstallShield Update Service Agent or Macrovision Software Manager Agent or Battle.net Update Agent or Agent Core or EaseUS Todo Backup Agent Application or Immunet (version 3.0 Agent) or Acresso Software Manager Agent or Macrovision FLEXnet Connect Agent or Agent User Interface or FLEXnet Connect Agent or Windows Agent or Immunet Protect Agent or PVCR2 Scheduler Agent

belongs to software InstallShield Update Service or Software Manager or Cisco SSL VPN Client or Roxio Media Manager or Battle.net Update Agent or EaseUS Todo Backup Free or Wal-Mart Music Downloads Store or Immunet or Connected Backup/PC Agent or Macrovision FLEXnet Connect or Vodafone Mobile Connect or Privacy center or Roxio MyDVD (version 9 Studio Premier, 9 Studio) or Nuance PaperPort (version 12) or Windows Agent or CyberLink agent or CD Agent or Roxio Easy Media Creator (version 9, 10 Suite)

by Macrovision (www.macrovision.com) or InstallShield Software (www.installshield.com) or Cisco Systems (www.cisco.com) or Blizzard Entertainment (blizzard.com) or Acronis (www.acronis.com) or CHENGDU YIWO Tech Development Co. or Sourcefire or Acresso or Iron Mountain (www.ironmountain.com) or Flexera Software or N-able Technologies (www.n-able.com) or Immunet (www.immunet.com) or CyberLink (www.gocyberlink.com).

Description: Agent.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. agent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 618,496 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 992,176 bytes and 24 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/agent.exe.html 
The agent.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous; however you should also read the users reviews.
If you run into problems with agent.exe, you can ask Customer Support [1][2] to assist you, update [1][2] the program to the latest version or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > Roxio Media Manager or Rohos Mini Drive).

Recommended: Identify agent.exe related errors

If agent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 34% dangerous. The file size is 69,632 bytes (8% of all occurrences), 94,208 bytes and 62 more variants. It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. It is certified by a trustworthy company. Agent.exe is able to monitor applications and record inputs.

If agent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Documents and Settings", the security rating is 36% dangerous. The file size is 992,176 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 1,152,288 bytes and 10 more variants. The agent.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. Agent.exe is able to monitor applications and record inputs.

If agent.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows, the security rating is 72% dangerous. The file size is 155,648 bytes (82% of all occurrences), 143,360 bytes and 4 more variants.

If agent.exe is located in the folder C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 90% dangerous. The file size is 36,864 bytes.

If agent.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 67% dangerous. The file size is 53,248 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 56,688 bytes.

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "Agent" is not required to run at start up. Cyberlink Power VCR II 3.0 is a TV tuner recording utility. If you want to schedule recordings you'll need this, otherwise can be disabled. Available via Start -> Programs
  • "LookNMeet" is not required to run at start up. LooknMeet dating service

Important: Some malware also uses the file name agent.exe, for example Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.PrivacyCenter.cd or Trojan-FakeAV.Win32.PrivacyCenter.en (detected by Kaspersky), and Mal_FakeAV-12 or Cryp_FakeAV-12 (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the agent.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

It's an Immunet 3.0 Agent
Caused my other computer to seize up and now it is working on my current computer. I think it was installed with Roxio Creator DVD Edition version 7. Since I can't figure out how to stop it from starting on its own I will attempt to rename the agent.exe to bad_agent.exe and see if that helps. Agent.exe is a problem and it has done this to me twice. I am not sure if it was installed with Roxio or Dragon Naturally speaking, I will need to research this.
  Bill Michael  
Why have a virus resident in your pc where it can be detected? Agent exe runs all the time, regenerates upon a process kill, does nothing if not connected to internet. After internet connection, pulls in remotely resident virus as svchost.exe and that sucks up 100% of CPU, is not detected by usual antivirus or anti malware. Nasty. Watch for it to be benign when not connected to internet.
Battle.net Update Agent - Improvment of Starcraft 2 Installation!
Easeus Todo Backup
Several instances are found in Program Files (X86)EasEUS ToDo back-up and have been there since I installed this programme several years ago. They do no harm as far as I know.
Installshield, Macrovision. Was maxing out my physical memory, crashing whatever was running. Searched in Windows Explorer for ISUSPM as recommended above; found it was trying to update a FedEx printing program I had already uninstalled (finished deleting/shredding remaining components of FedEx with SlimCleaner) and a Roxio program I don't use (changed to manual update).
Easeus ToDo Backup Agent
  steve m  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of agent.exe: based on 82 votes with 9 reviews.
21 users think agent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 10 users think it's probably harmless. 26 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 17 users suspect danger. 8 users think agent.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 14 users don't grade agent.exe ("not sure about it").

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