What is asp.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 asp.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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Asp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with asp
Asp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Advanced System Protector belongs to software Advanced System Protector by Systweak (

Description: Asp.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The asp.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 13,179,660 bytes (83% of all occurrences) or 1,020,416 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. It is not a Windows system file. The asp.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. Asp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications, manipulate other programs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using asp.exe, you can uninstall Advanced System Protector from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program, visit the website or update to a possibly bug-fixed version.

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If asp.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 86% dangerous. The file size is 261,632 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. Asp.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The asp.exe file is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware also uses the file name asp.exe, for example Backdoor.Generic.194777 (detected by BitDefender), and Serv-U (detected by Sophos). Therefore, you should check the asp.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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Summary: Average user rating of asp.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks asp.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving asp issues

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