What is bagent.exe?

The genuine bagent.exe file is a software component of Quicken by Intuit.
Intuit sells at least four different Windows versions of Quicken personal finance software. Currently both the 2013 and 2014 editions of all four versions are being sold. This module (bagent.exe) manages the Scheduled Updates feature: it notifies the user when new updates are released and downloads them in the background. (There is also a Quicken Essentials for Macintosh version to which "bagent.exe" appears unrelated.) This module is often reported as failing at Windows startup although updating from within Quicken continues to work. Intuit says that Connection Method settings for accounts used in Quicken (such as credit cards) other than Direct Connect or Express Web Connect can cause this problem.

BAgent stands for Quicken Background Download Agent

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 bagent.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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Bagent.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with bagent
Bagent.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Quicken Background Agent belongs to software Quicken for Windows or Quicken (version 2003 New User Edition, 2003 for Windows) or Quicken Home & Business (version 2005/06) by Intuit (

Description: Bagent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Bagent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,344 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 87,328 bytes, 53,248 bytes, 77,096 bytes or 76,072 bytes. 
The bagent.exe file is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, User Shell Folders). You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Bagent.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with bagent.exe, you can also uninstall the software Quicken 2003 New User Edition or Quicken 2008 using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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

Part of Intuit's Quicken software
Part of Quicken 2005. Auto download quotes and other online transactions
please remove from my computer
  dino gonzalis  

Summary: Average user rating of bagent.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think bagent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users don't grade bagent.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving bagent issues

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