What is AMINIT.dll?

The genuine AMINIT.dll file is a software component of Altiris eXpress by Altiris.
AMINIT.dll is a DLL (Dynamic Link Library) file that is part of Altiris eXpress, a remote deployment tool that lets users manage multiple computers operating together on a network. DLL files store data, code and resources needed by one or more programs in order to function correctly. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Altiris eXpress features tools to remotely manage PCs and is used for software deployment, disaster recovery, and operating system or hardware migrations. The program offers support for multiple consoles, hardware and software inventory management, chat functionality, security, support for virtual computers, and much more. Altiris Inc. is an American company that provides software solutions in IT assets and system management, security, and web services. The company was founded in 1998 by Jan Newman and Kevin Turpin as a spin off from KeyLabs, a third party testing facility. In 2007, Symantec acquired Altiris. The company is currently based in Lindon, Utah, United States.

AMInit stands for Altiris App Metering Initialization

AMINIT.dll is a Windows DLL file. DLL is the abbreviation for Dynamic Link Library. DLL files are needed by programs or web browser extensions, because they contain program code, data, and resources. The following information can help you determine if AMINIT.dll is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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AMINIT.dll file information

The process known as Application Metering Init or Altiris App Metering Init belongs to software Altiris Application Metering or Altiris eXpress Metering Agent or Altiris Application Metering Agent or Application Metering Agent by Altiris (

Description: AMINIT.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AMINIT.dll is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 61,440 bytes. 
A .dll file (Dynamic Link Library) is a special type of Windows program containing functions that other programs can call. This .dll file can be injected to all running processes and can change or manipulate their behavior. The program is not visible. The service has no detailed description. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. AMINIT.dll is not a Windows core file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: AppInit_DLLs). The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Altiris Application Metering or Altiris Application Metering Agent)
  2) contact Customer Service
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify AMINIT.dll related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as AMINIT.dll, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AMINIT.dll 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 an Altiris file, used for inventory of a PC. Used mostly by corporations to track hardware and software on your pc.
Application Metering , monitors program usage. No Privacy.
  Art Wixson  
Part of Altiris - Contains Trojan Horse Generic8.MNS
  Art Yender  
In our situation it's being detected as Trojan.Win32.Agent!IK but i am also 100% positive this is in error as checking the file (versions and binary) it is definately part of the Altiris suite of applications we use onsite.
Necessary for Altiris Application Metering

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Summary: Average user rating of AMINIT.dll: based on 6 votes with 5 user comments. 4 users think AMINIT.dll is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think AMINIT.dll is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving AMINIT issues

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