What is consent.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 consent.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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Consent.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with consent
Consent.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Consent UI for administrative applications belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Consent.exe is an important part of Windows, but often causes problems. The file consent.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 81,920 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 82,432 bytes, 101,968 bytes, 105,192 bytes or 101,824 bytes. 
The consent.exe file is a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. It is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 1% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with consent.exe, you can also do the following:

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as consent.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the consent.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 blocked all my executable programs
Consent.exe is a Vista User Account Control process that is automatically loaded on system startup, which may cause high CPU consumption and slow PC performance.
it pops up everytime i start up my computer and when i "x" it out it pops up again when i deleted would read "exe."files a error sign would come up. all i know its very annoying
It took all 100 percent of my laptop CPU - I couldn't do anything. Then after about 90 secs it was gone and everything back to normal!
Similar sightings as above. Noticed browser open in the background (flash upon closing and low level duplicate process concurrently) and checked logs n task monitor continuously. It seems to come and go in 2000sec intevals. The processor spins up on ocassion perhaps lots of udp in the background. Estensive use of placeholders in the URL's. Specificly I am unsure what it is but t has several charateristics of malware.I am shocked Norton IS didn't pick it up, That is what baffles me.
It's the Vista process that asks for administrator permission to allow software that needs such permission to make changes to your computer (when User Account Control is operating). Important to allow installation of software.
i noticed consent.exe in the task manager right before java window popped up asking for permission to update, as soon as i consented it went away in the task manager
i downloaded a game and it ran and caused tons of lag/file deletion
  Brandon Alexander Augustine  
Consent.exe is enabled when you have UAC turned on. It launches when a non-windows program attempts to start up with administrator level access to files and system settings, and shows a message asking if you want to allow the program to load. This is an important file, do not delete it unless you're sure its a virus. If you want to disable it, turn off UAC and consent.exe will not load. Warning: I, and are not responsible for any damage you have caused yourself.
Consumed more than 90% or CPU but lauched setup.exe afterwords.
That program start´s when you open a programm that needs Admin rights it.
  Marko Meier   (further information)
It's User Account Control
When a .exe file starts consent.exe supports the installer. Sometimes its in your logs for a quite long time and a .exe won't start. Do not quit the process! Consent.exe makes the installer start the .exe
It's the administrator verification screen that comes up when you try to run an application with administrative access
To the people having problems with it coming up again and again: Try letting Java update. I am used to cancelling the Java updates but this could be causing consent.exe to come up.
Windows System File, shouldnt delete it
  Gregor   (further information)
if it keeps popping up over and over, its another application, likely a virus, that keeps 'begging' you to grant them permission to access your entire system. it's not the consent.exe's fault for that, clean your system.
I can't open files with admin permission
  Eddie 7ackson  
he block's your acess to internet connection,and take in use almost all of cpu capacity
It freezes up my computer
It was on my wife's computer (Win7) and it was crashing her browser (IE). Chrome came up with a strange warning. I was unable to kill it with the task manager. How can anything not be stopped with the task manager? It had to be a virus. I re booted in safe mode to delete all references to it and removed all programs that I did not recognize in the control panel. Fixed now.
  chris clement  
This is a critical component of Window's User Account Control aimed at preventing unauthorized execution by malware. Do NOT disable this unless you absolutely have to, and only do so through Windows User Account Control settings page in the Control Panel.
  George   (further information)
it is the UAC alert when you have a program that needs administrator access. but often uses up a lot of processor power (4x 3.3GHz CPUs at 99%) and delays programs from loading (both on an x86 and an x86_64 computers)
It's the screen that comes up when you need to give admin access
It will dim your desktop, but since Windows 7, it can be set so it won't dim your desktop.
  Doge Lamb  
Part of the Windows UAC. May slow down the Computer, when opening new Applications.
I just know it is preventing me from downloading updates from a non Microsoft website i.e."file hippo"
  John's computer  
Standard part of Windows Vista (and Windows 7, et cetera) -- part of the "User Account Control" to help protect you from running unauthorized/rogue/virus software. Use UAC in CONTROL-PANEL to disable it.
IBM Trusteer Rapport (verson Emeralnd Build 1507.61) flagged up this process on 23/8/2015 for trying to capture an image of a protected website and automatically has blocked consent.exe permanently from capturing sensitive data. This may be inadvertent but seems wise to treat with care.
Windows 8 Loads a shield icon in my taskbar at startup. If I hit Ctrl-Alt-Del I can go to task manager where I see this as "Consent UI for administrator ...". I must disable this for my computer to work. I have to do this on startup every time. How do I avoid this step?
  Jack Davis  
It came up on Mcafee firewall asking for Internet access, 1st time ever. I don't know if it's due to update on AV firewall or windows. I didn't grant access.
I totally agree with Mike there except is not only in vista...for I can see consent.exe is at least in all later versions of windows...and it totally slows down the computer
  Carlos Phantera  

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Summary: Average user rating of consent.exe: based on 39 votes with 32 user comments. 19 users think consent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 9 users think it's probably harmless. 3 users suspect danger. 8 users think consent.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 5 users don't grade consent.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving consent issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with consent. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the consent.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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