What is AgentSvr.exe?

The genuine AgentSvr.exe file is a software component of Microsoft Agent Server by Microsoft.
The server process for Microsoft Agent, this application allows for interactive characters to be integrated into applications. These characters allow for greater user/computer interaction, such as your computer speaking to you or understanding your verbal commands. Founded in 1975, Microsoft's flagship product is the Windows operating system, which is installed on over 90% of workstations worldwide.

AgentSvr stands for Agent Server

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 AgentSvr.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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AgentSvr.exe file information

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

The process known as Microsoft Agent Server belongs to software Microsoft Agent Server by Microsoft (

Description: AgentSvr.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file AgentSvr.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 256,512 bytes (91% of all occurrences), 292,864 bytes, 294,400 bytes or 235,008 bytes. 
It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. The program is not visible. AgentSvr.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

no one like it
Little but popped up by itself after going to an EBay dealer page
ACtually I really don't know what it does-But I do know that its not really important unless you use Team Speak overlay I guess
  K. R.   (further information)
My first experience with it was today, after starting ( then aborting) a free .xls template
It provides vulnerabilty I think
  Old Gringo  
Its the program that runs that stupid little animated paper clip guy, the office assistant, that comes down and stares at you while you are trying to type. Ah! Here he comes!
  derwood   (further information)
It's associated with the little paperclip guy (or other cartoon character) who pops up giving you word processing/spread sheet, etc. "advice" using Microsoft Office products. The only bad thing is that it doesn't unload itself. Shows up as a daughter process of scvhost.exe.
Confirmed. I just terminated the process (watched it via Process Explorer) and the paper clip dude, officially known as "the office assistant" popped up again as a daughter process under svchost.exe. Definitely harmless. Just doesn't terminate unless you close all Microsoft Office documents. Close office and it's offloaded.
it seems to run the microsoft agent (text to speech engine) and only appears on my pc when text to speech is run
I know little about it but don't like it. ZoneAlarm prevents it from running. I've only seen the ZoneAlarm warning when I visit a Yahoo Blog site.
Today I was in System; I clicked agentsvr.exe. Later, it showed up as the top item within Task Manager
Today was the first day I saw it, listed under my vista volume "mixer". It was listed on my task manager and I end it's process. Doing a search on my computer for Agentsvr.exe and nothing comes up. Will keep an eye on it. My Avira didn't do anything.
I have it on my PC and think it is being used by Keylogger PC Agent.
  Marie Clare  
it's the office assistant program and microsoft allows you to use it in other progs provided you give ms the credit
  like sky_pilot  
it is a server
Confirmed. I just terminated the process (watched it via Process Explorer) and the paper clip dude, officially known as "the office assistant" popped up again as a daughter process under svchost.exe. Definitely harmless. Just doesn't terminate unless you close all Microsoft Office documents. Close office and it's offloaded.
i can not remove i renamed it from agentsvr.exe to now i got one and a new file is its self recreating agentsvr.exe may be it is under control of a *.dll file? (it reproducing itsself *.exe file by renaming )
Disappeared after I close Microsoft WordPad

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of AgentSvr.exe: based on 24 votes with 18 user comments. 3 users think AgentSvr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 5 users suspect danger. 5 users think AgentSvr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade AgentSvr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving AgentSvr issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AgentSvr. 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 AgentSvr.exe 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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