What is asghost.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 asghost.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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Asghost.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with asghost
Asghost.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Global Virtual Card Host belongs to software Cognizance Identity Manager or ASUS Security Protect Manager or Bioscrypt VeriSoft Single Sign On or Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools or HP Credential Manager for ProtectTools by Cognizance ( or Bioscrypt (

Description: Asghost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Asghost.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 65,536 bytes (47% of all occurrences), 43,008 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Credential Manager for HP or HP Credential Manager for come up, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) look for help on the website.

Recommended: Identify asghost.exe related errors

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

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  RUL0R   (further information)
This file tried to send a netbios datagram to an unknown computer. I blocked it with ZoneAlarm
HP Global Virtual Card Host, C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\IAM\bin\asghost.exe
it seems a default installed file, seen it on a LOT of new, celan machines
  Chris Morse  
It wound up on my PPPC aafter I installed an HP Wirelss Deskjet printer. Now I always get an asghost.exe errmsg when I shut down my PC.
  Alex S.  
Harmless. Usually either fingerprint sensor or Verisoft password manager.
prevents shutdown
It has invaded my comptr with vista os and probably causing my system to slowdown
  sam garcia  
asghost.exe is a process belonging to Cognizance Identity and Access Management.
  JP Loken   (further information)
I fixt it by setting my clock and time right
Part of the HP ProtectTools software
  Joshua Mathews   (further information)
it is not harmful [think so] i havent had any problems with it being in my computer
Asghost.exe is a part of HP ProtectTools Security Manager Suite
started after I installed HP Deskjet F380 drivers
It uses a huge and unnecessary amount of CPU time and memory, slowing down the pc.
Belongs to Cognizance Identity and Access Management
  Jalal Syed  
Connected with HP ProtectTools, so if you use the functionality of that, yes you need it. Sometimes it gets its knickers in a twist though and causes all kinds of issues that are ofter cured by a reboot, if not, you may need to uninstall/reinstall.
  IT Guru  
Use it on my laptop, Like the security, but slows laptop. HP security credentials
A process of Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools I use this software to log-in to Windows 7 in my laptop by my fingerprint instead of using a password. Sometimes, this process consumes CPU more than other processes.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of asghost.exe: based on 29 votes with 19 user comments. 5 users think asghost.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 15 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 2 users think asghost.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 2 users don't grade asghost.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving asghost issues

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