What is AQNotif.exe?

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 AQNotif.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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AQNotif.exe file information

The process known as Avanquest Message belongs to software Avanquest Message or Avanquest message by Avanquest Software (

Description: AQNotif.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. AQNotif.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 374,240 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 427,488 bytes, 432,872 bytes or 435,432 bytes. 
AQNotif.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The AQNotif.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). AQNotif.exe is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 55% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with AQNotif.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the software Avanquest Message using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program)
  2) contact Customer Service.

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If AQNotif.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 374,240 bytes (44% of all occurrences), 360,928 bytes, 427,488 bytes or 361,272 bytes. The program is not visible. The file is digitally signed. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The AQNotif.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file.

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


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Best practices for resolving AQNotif issues

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