What is caf.exe?

The genuine caf.exe file is a software component of CA Unicenter DSM Agent by Computer Associates.
The file belongs to CA's DSM Agent + Asset Management plugin. The program creates a startup registration point in Windows to automatically start when any user boots the PC. The software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functioning correctly. It also adds a background controller service that is set to run automatically.

CAF stands for Common Application Framework

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 caf.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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Caf.exe file information

The process known as Unicenter DSM (version r11 Common Application Framework) belongs to software CA Unicenter DSM Agent by CA ( or Computer Associates International (

Description: Caf.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file caf.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 193,800 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 184,320 bytes or 194,064 bytes. 
You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The caf.exe file is not a Windows system file. It is a file with no information about its developer. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with caf.exe, you can also uninstall CA Unicenter DSM Agent + software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify caf.exe related errors

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


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Best practices for resolving caf issues

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