What is ainap.exe?

The genuine ainap.exe file is a software component of ASUS Utilities by ASUSTeK Computer.
Available as part of the AI Suite of programs offered from ASUS, Ai Nap allows your ASUS notebook to enter a special sleep state not available natively through Windows. When your ASUS notebook is "napping", all windows will remain open, contents of your RAM will be maintained, and your current internet connection will be maintained with no break. ASUSTek Computer was founded in 1989 in Taiwan. It is currently the fifth largest PC vendor in the world.

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 ainap.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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Ainap.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ainap
Ainap.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process belongs to software ASUS Utilities or Deal or No Deal by ASUSTeK Computer (

Description: Ainap.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Ainap.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,423,360 bytes (35% of all occurrences), 1,426,432 bytes and 13 more variants. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The process starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). Ainap.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 64% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramDeal or No Deal or ASUS Utilities.

Recommended: Identify ainap.exe related errors

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

Asus control centre
  Ari   (further information)
asus motherboard tweaking program, only dangerous if you dont know what your doing
A utility from ASUS for monitoring their motherboards.
  Eric Johansen   (further information)
ASUS Software
It seems to be part of the ASUS AI Suite
ASUS motherboard power cpu saver of sorts
  that guy  
An ASUS program monitoring for requests to enter a suspended state they call a "nap". It's harmless and unnecessary unless you are using ASUS's sleep program.
  Hawg Hunter  
I have it as part of asus ai suite, It enables the mobo to enter a low power state mode when activated.
ASUS power management
Belongs to the ASUS AI Suite application to monitor motherboard

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of ainap.exe: based on 15 votes with 10 user comments. 5 users think ainap.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade ainap.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving ainap issues

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