What is cagent32.exe?

The genuine cagent32.exe file is a software component of Centennial Discovery by Centennial Software.
A distributed agent for the Centennial Discovery software, this process starts with Windows and runs consistently in the background. It is installed on client network systems and reports to the Centennial Discovery server. The server tracks all software and packages installed on each individual PC and tracks changes. Distributed originally by Centennial Software, FrontRange acquired Centennial in 2008 and maintains legacy support.

CAgent32 stands for Client Agent 32 bit

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 cagent32.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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Cagent32.exe file information

The process known as Centennial Discovery® Client Agent or FrontRange Discovery Client Agent belongs to software Centennial Discovery or FrontRange Discovery or CentennialClientAgent by Centennial Software ( or FrontRange Solutions USA.

Description: Cagent32.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file cagent32.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 774,144 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 1,004,832 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. Cagent32.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. Cagent32.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 39% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cagent32.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the cagent32.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

Centennial Discovery(R) Client Agent . (Auditing client)
  Terry Melton   (further information)
This is in fact spyware however it's usually running because it's required by the corporation one's working within. The execution of this program usually does no damage however it's been known to seize 100% of the computer's CPU from time to time. It can be deleted however that will often violate the rules of the corporation one's working for.
  Fredric L. Rice  
monitoring software
I would not consider it to be Spyware. When it's used in a corporate environment it's used to ensure compliance, not to spy, and certainly if the user believes that their work computer is their property, or that they have a right to privacy on it, they need to look at the bigger picture. I've never seen it use anywhere near 100% CPU utilization, and it's footprint in general is very small. If your work PC has this process installed, it's 100% required. The system admins will know if you remove it and that is likely grounds for some form of discussion with one's manager.
  Dave B  

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Summary: Average user rating of cagent32.exe: based on 9 votes with 4 user comments. 6 users think cagent32.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 2 users think cagent32.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving cagent32 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cagent32. 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 cagent32.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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