What is ATService.exe?

The genuine ATService.exe file is a software component of AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System by AuthenTec.
AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System is a program that scans and verifies fingerprints for identification purposes. ATService.exe runs the AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System application. This is not an essential process for Windows and can be disabled if known to create problems. The AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System (AFSS) is a software application that offers biometric security to personal computers. The program allows users to secure their system through a fingerprint scanner instead of a password. AuthenTec, Inc. was an American company that specialized in semiconductors, biometrics, computer security, mobile security, identity management, and touch control solutions. AuthenTec was founded in 1998 as a spin off from Harris Semiconductor. The company was acquired by Apple, Inc. on 27 July 2012 for $356 million. AuthenTec was headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, USA.

ATService stands for AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System 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 ATService.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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ATService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ATService
ATService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as AFSS Service or Connect AT Service belongs to software AuthenTec Fingerprint Security System (AFSS) or Tele2 Connect Monitor by AuthenTec ( or Tele2.

Description: ATService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The ATService.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,185,016 bytes (13% of all occurrences), 1,164,536 bytes and 16 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. ATService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using ATService.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramAuthenTec Fingerprint Software or AuthenTec Fingerprint System
  2) search the support area on the AuthenTec website.

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If ATService.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 26% dangerous. The file size is 1,676,536 bytes. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program is not visible. The file is a Verisign signed file. ATService.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. It is not a Windows system file. ATService.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using ATService.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramLenovo Fingerprint Software
  2) search the support area on the AuthenTec website
  3) search for an update on the vendor’s website.

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

it is an essential process for Authentec Fingerprint scanner
  John C   (further information)
Used by IBM Thinkpad's fingerprint identification software.
AtService.exe is part of AuthenTec Fingerprint software. If you have a fingerprint scanner that you use instead of inputting the password when logging on you need this service to be running.

Summary: Average user rating of ATService.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 3 users think ATService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving ATService issues

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