What is authenticat.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 authenticat.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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Authenticat.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with authenticat
Authenticat.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as 8e6 Client Authenticator belongs to software 8e6 Client Authenticator by Marshal8e6.

Description: Authenticat.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Authenticat.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 53,248 bytes. 
The application has no file description. The program has no visible window. The authenticat.exe file is not a Windows system file. The application uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Authenticat.exe is able to connect to the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If authenticat.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 40% dangerous. The file size is 71,720 bytes. The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Authenticat.exe is able to connect to the Internet.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as authenticat.exe. Therefore, you should check the authenticat.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 a process to authenticate you through an 8E6 firewall
Used to authenticate a user with a 8e6 web filter for heightened access
  Stuart   (further information)
its part of 8e6 content filter/ web monitoring
It is part of the 8e6 web filtering software. It talks to LDAP/Active directory to determine filtering level based on the current user's group membership.
  Some Guy  
Used to authenticate users against Active Directory, so that they can be appropriately content filtered by 8e6 appliances. In most cases, if uninstalled, user will be filtered according to the 8e6 default policy, instead of one designated for the user or AD group to which they belong.

Summary: Average user rating of authenticat.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks authenticat.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving authenticat issues

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