What is esif_assist.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 esif_assist.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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Esif_assist.exe file information

The process known as Intel® Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Utility Application appears to belong to software Intel® Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Utility Application by Intel (

Description: Esif_assist.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Esif_assist.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 183,816 bytes (76% of all occurrences), 177,120 bytes, 234,664 bytes or 234,152 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The esif_assist.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. Esif_assist.exe is a file with no information about its developer. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If esif_assist.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 56% dangerous. The file size is 183,816 bytes. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows core file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as esif_assist.exe. Therefore, you should check the esif_assist.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

identified as malware by Rogue Killer. Present in temp files and trying to execute from within folder Temp/DPTF

Summary: Average user rating of esif_assist.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving esif_assist issues

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