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What is dagent.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 dagent.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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Dagent.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with dagent
Dagent.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as PatchLink Detection Agent, used to detect the local information and report the results back to your belongs to software PatchLink Update Agent or Altiris Deployment Agent for Windows or Altiris Deployment Agent by PatchLink (www.patchlink.com) or Altiris (www.altiris.com).

Description: Dagent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Dagent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 689,728 bytes (60% of all occurrences) or 1,298,432 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/dagent.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows system file. Dagent.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.
The software vendor offers the option to uninstall Altiris Deployment Agent or PatchLink Update Agent from your computer using the Control Panel applet "Add/Remove programs".

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as dagent.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the dagent.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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Dagent.exe is part of PatchLink Discovery Agent. The software allows programmers to automate the collection, analysis, and installation of software patches and updates throughout the entire corporate network, all from IT department. This particular program, DAGENT, is started by the PatchLink Update service and its job is to discover applicable software patches and software updates for your PC so that the PatchLink Update service can download them.
  Mike  

Summary: Average user rating of dagent.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks dagent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.


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Best practices for resolving dagent issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with dagent. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 dagent.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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