What is atkexComSvc.exe?

The genuine atkexComSvc.exe file is a software component of Asus Motherboard Utility by ASUS.
ASUS Motherboard Utility is a utility software that keeps BIOS and device drivers up-to-date on ASUS computers. ACEngSvr.exe runs communications processes required for the ASUS Motherboard Utility to run. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The ASUS Motherboard Utility is a pre-installed software program on systems built with an ASUS motherboard. The program is set to run on system boot by default. This is not necessary and may slow down the system boot. Disabling this process is recommended. ASUS is a Chinese personal computer vendor that manufactures everything from desktops and laptops to mobile phones, monitors, optical storage devices, and graphics cards. In 2013, it was the world's fifth largest computer seller, in terms of sales. The company began launching graphics cards in 2005 with their initial PhysX accelerator card. ASUS was founded in Taipei in 1989 by T.H. Tung, Ted Hsu, Wayne Hsieh and M.T. Liao, all previously employed by Acer. The company is currently headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan.

ATKExComSvc stands for ASUS ATK Hotkey Express Communication Service

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 atkexComSvc.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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AtkexComSvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with atkexComSvc
AtkexComSvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ASUS Com Service belongs to software unknown by ASUSTeK Computer (

Description: AtkexComSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AtkexComSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 920,736 bytes (29% of all occurrences), 936,728 bytes and 6 more variants. 
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. AtkexComSvc.exe is not a Windows system file. AtkexComSvc.exe is digitally signed. It is a Verisign signed file. AtkexComSvc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If atkexComSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 58% dangerous. The file size is 920,736 bytes. There is no description of the program. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. AtkexComSvc.exe is not a Windows system file. AtkexComSvc.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.

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

This is a memory leak. Check process atkexComSvc. It will have the highest memory usage if you have a problem. Follow instructions on the link.
  John H   (further information)
This is specific to Asus MoBo apps
  Joshua Jones   (further information)
Part of Asus motherboard utilities.
It is required for AI Suite II to run. If you don't use AI Suite you can disable it.
Interfered with proper functioning of my COM ports, preventing my TI MSP430 from communicating with my computer.
YEs we know it's part of the asus motherboard software, but is it essential for it to be running all the time? What does this particular process handle when it comes to the motherboard? It seems that the commenters only know where the program comes from but haven't a clue to whether it's safe to remove or what the program actually does, this is the information i'm looking for I already know it's part of the asus software the was preinstalled by the manufacture.
This service is specific to the thermal sensors which come with Asus motherboards. They are usually used for analysing temperatures of different components you have installed on your computer (CPU, RAM, GPU etc). Its not at all necessary, nor is it dangerous. This service creates a communication path with your computer's UEFI or BIOS, where the thermal sensors post their information. Running this service creates a PEbiosinterface32.dll when run as administrator or without UAC enabled, or by the system itself. The .exe itself can be found in C:\Program Files\ASUS\AMDA\AXSP. If you do not run this service, a yellow sign appears in the Device Manager under the 'System Devices" next to an "unknown device". If you run this service, it gets recognised as AMDA00 Interface. Also note that this requires the Thermal Probe II Sense Drivers for your mobo, which can be found in the DVD the motherboard came with, or on the manufacturer's site. Otherwise, it will be listed in the device manger under "Other Devices" as an unknown device. After installing the driver, it should move to "System Devices" as an unknown device with a yellow sign, and a restart will let the service run and it will be recognized as AMDA00 interface. Another thing while we're at it, in some cases the service must be run manually. If the unknown device does not get recognized as AMDA00 Interface, you will need to go to the path I mentioned before, and manually run that service as administrator. The file will be created and all should be fine.
Came with software package given by ASUS when buying GPU and motherboard

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of atkexComSvc.exe: based on 13 votes with 8 user comments. 3 users think atkexComSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks atkexComSvc.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving atkexComSvc issues

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