What is agtserv.exe?

The genuine agtserv.exe file is a software component of ScreenScraper by GuruNet.
Agtserv.exe is an executable file that belongs to ScreenScraper SDK, a software development kit for modifying ScreenScraper, a software for converting on-screen readable text into Unicode formats. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. ScreenScraper is a software developed for the Windows platform that utilizes optical character recognition (OCR) technology to read text directly from the screen and create an output in text which can be further processed and used for other applications such as allowing users to copy text from the screen even when there are no copy/paste options available.

AgtServ stands for Agate Server main executable

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 agtserv.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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Agtserv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with agtserv
Agtserv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AgtServ main executable or AGATE Server main executable belongs to software ScreenScraper SDK or DirectX10 NCT Release (version 2) by Answers ( or GuruNet ( or Atomica (

Description: Agtserv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file agtserv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 20,480 bytes (97% of all occurrences) or 40,960 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. The agtserv.exe file is able to record keyboard inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to remove the entire program 1-Click Answers using Windows Control Panel.

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If agtserv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files", the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 36,864 bytes (76% of all occurrences) or 20,480 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to remove the entire program DirectX10 NCT Release 2 using Windows Control Panel.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as agtserv.exe. Therefore, you should check the agtserv.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

This is part of the program called 1-Click Answers.
  Rob Marson   (further information)
This program is related to program
  Rodrigo Lobo Schmidt   (further information)
This file installed with Accent WordPoint 2.0 The application is a multilanguage dictionary with speech option.
This file is part of 1-Click Answers (previously part of Atomica) if you installed this software, it should not do any harm.
  Daniel Gonzalez   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of agtserv.exe: based on 4 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think agtserv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving agtserv issues

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