What is avgnt.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 avgnt.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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Avgnt.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with avgnt
Avgnt.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Antivirus System Tray Tool or Avira system tray application or Avira System Tray Tool or Antivirus System Tray Tool (Desktop)

belongs to software Avira Product Family or Avira AntiVir Personal - Free or Avira Free Antivirus or Avira Premium Security Suite or Avira Internet Security (version 2012) or Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus or Avira AntiVir Premium or Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition or Avira Antivirus Premium (version 2012)

by Avira Operations GmbH & Co. KG or Avira GmbH (

Description: Avgnt.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The avgnt.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (usually C:\Program Files\AVPersonal\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 209,153 bytes (12% of all occurrences), 266,497 bytes and 42 more variants. 
Avgnt.exe is not a Windows core file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The avgnt.exe file is digitally signed. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Avgnt.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with avgnt.exe, you may want to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program Avira AntiVir using Windows Control Panel
  2) get help from the software vendor Avira
  3) look for a new, improved version.

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If avgnt.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 103,280 bytes. The process has no file description. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. avgnt.exe appears to be a compressed file.

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

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Guard Program for AntiVir
It is not needed to protect your pc.. Close down the process then download the eicar test virus and you will find that avguard is still running which protects you. avguard does not appear in stsrtup it runs automatically , avgnt can be removed from startup after the update schedule has been set and the updater will still run. However this way you will have to terminate avgnt again afterwards. I prefer to chain my browser launch to "preupd.exe" which just launchs the updater at browser launch so I do not forget.
belongs to avira antivir
  Thomas S.  
It is the system tray (notifacation area) App that starts Avira AntiVir
hmm ka ich hab antivir druff aber der prozess ist erst vor kurzem gekommen also bin ich mir net schlüssig wenn man den prozess beenden tut dann is nur das icon von antivir dicht aber sonst nix antivir leuft noch denke das das nen update war aber kann au virus sein mir egal mein rechner leuft noch super und kumpel sein antivir is au net auf ne datei auf mein win ordner angeschlagen also denk ma is alles in ordnung xD
  Headshot91 (R)  
Seit "The application module C:\Programme\AntiVirPersonalEditionClassic\avewin32.dll cannot be found or has been modified or destroyed.", läuft AntiVir gar nicht mehr. "The AVGNT.EXE cannot be started. Please check your installation!" ... Gut, dass ich noch andere Back-Up Plans habe. Firma antwortet nicht auf wiederhlolte Anfrage.
  Eric Prawit  
trojan!!!! rename it self to avgnt.exe and auto shut down my pc, antivir_workstation .......... cannot be install
Part of the Avira AntiVir - Package. It's the automatic updating service.
avgnt.exe-unable to Locate component ...
From Avira Anti-Virus
Its an a part of Avira Antivirus

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of avgnt.exe: based on 39 votes with 12 user comments. 28 users think avgnt.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks avgnt.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 2 users don't grade avgnt.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving avgnt issues

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