What is EPAService.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 EPAService.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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EPAService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with EPAService
EPAService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as EPAService Module belongs to software EPAService Module or EPAService by unknown.

Description: EPAService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file EPAService.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 221,184 bytes (71% of all occurrences) or 217,088 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 48% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Inventory Management software sold by Eracent Corp. for large corporations to keep track of computer hardware. Located in c:/epa.epa directory (hidden).
    (further information)
It is an asset montoring client that sends encrypted reports to a server.
  Nick Sanders  
It belongs to Eracent's EPA client andused for collecting information about hardware and software installed on a device
  AJ   (further information)
It is an asset montoring client that sends encrypted reports to a server
It's part of Eracent's EPA client, used for gathering information about hardware and software installed on a computer. It is basically an asset montoring client that sends encrypted reports back to a server.
  JR   (further information)
Big brother is watching you. It is a real resource HOG when it is running.
  Bob Bitchen  
This exe is under a hidden folder "C:\epa.epa". I believe it's used in corporate environment to track all installed software and files on end-user's PC.
EPAService is part of an application by Eracent Corporation. Your company owns is running the Eracent EnterpriseAM application which scans your workstation for hardware and software configurations. It's a legitimate application and service.
    (further information)
All I know is that it uses around 200K of memory and my system grinds to a halt when runnin. I have a core duo processor and 4GB of memory.
  Erik Witz  
It is an asset monitoring agent that reports on hardware/software installed on the computer. Sends it back to a server. We use it in our enterprise.
  Malvin Vasquez  
As everyone has said, is part of the Eracent Assement Management suite used to gather asset management on deivces on the compnay network/domains.
Installed by your company and regenerates if deleted. Sends data upload to your IT department periodicly.
It's a part of asset management system (Eracent). It can include a keylogger.
  GSXF   (further information)
RE: GSXF's comment that it can include a Keylogger* this is not correct. It can include a Key stroke counter as well as a Mouse click counter. No content is collected, just user interaction with apps.
  Andy Balmuth   (further information)
It's a resource hog

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of EPAService.exe: based on 14 votes with 15 user comments. 4 users think EPAService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade EPAService.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving EPAService issues

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