What is atchk.exe?

The genuine atchk.exe file is a software component of Intel® Active Management Technology by Intel Corporation.
"Atchk.exe" tells the user if their computer has Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT) installed and whether it is active, using a Privacy Notification Window at startup, (or when the user changes), and a system tray privacy icon opening a dialog box with a hyperlink to a website about AMT. In level 7 of AMT (and later), it is replaced by "UNS.exe." The "C:\Program Files\Intel\AMT" subfolder where "atchk.exe" resides should have an executable "disable.reg" file that changes registry settings to prevent its starting up. AMT is part of Intel® vPro Technology, an enterprise security solution where desktops, servers, ultrabooks, tablets and laptops have the Intel® Management Engine built in, with AMT designed into a secondary processor on the motherboard, intended for use with software management applications to enhance system administrator ability to remotely access even computers that are not powered on. Intel Corporation is the world's largest and highest-valued semiconductor manufacturer.

ATChk stands for Intel® Active Management Technology Check Status

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 atchk.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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Atchk.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with atchk
Atchk.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Displays state of Intel® Active Management Technology belongs to software Intel® Active Management Technology or Intel® Active Management or Intel® TV Wizard or Intel® PRO Network or Intel® Network Connections by Intel (

Description: Atchk.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Atchk.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 401,408 bytes (71% of all occurrences), 408,088 bytes, 404,248 bytes, 408,344 bytes or 404,288 bytes. 
The software has no file description. The atchk.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Atchk.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 51% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with atchk.exe, you can completely remove Intel® Active Management Technology or Intel® Active-Management-Technologie (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify atchk.exe related errors

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

Intel Management Technology
  Chris Wirick  
atchk.exe is part of MT Status Message from Intel.
Located in "C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel\AMT\atchk.exe"

Summary: Average user rating of atchk.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks atchk.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving atchk issues

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