What is esif_assist.exe?

The genuine esif_assist.exe file is a software component of Intel® Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework Utility Application by Intel Corporation.
The design of Intel's Dynamic Platform and Thermal Framework (DPTF) allows mobile devices equipped with Intel® DPTF-ready hardware and firmware to be either Windows or Linux platforms. "Esif_assist.exe" is part of the interface by DPTF logic with a software layer between DPTF and the actual temperature, processor speed, and cooling fan speed sensors called the "Eco-System Independent Framework"(ESIF) which adapts the DPTF processes to either a Windows or Linux OS environment. It resides in "C:\Windows\Temp\DPTF" and should not be stopped or removed. The "esif_assist.exe" module is specifically for the DPTF/ESIF interface for 32-bit systems; further information is only available to developers. This cross-platform and cross-OS versatility reflects the commitment to innovation by Intel, the world's largest and highest-valued semiconductor manufacturer, founded in 1968 and headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, USA.

esif_assist stands for Intel® Eco-System Independent Framework Assistance

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 (82% of all occurrences), 177,120 bytes, 234,664 bytes, 234,152 bytes or 234,624 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The esif_assist.exe file is not a Windows core file. 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 esif_assist.exe file is digitally signed. It is not a Windows system 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
Security Task Manager does not recognize Win 10 Administrator so I am barred from many functions. The "Identify error link" above leads to a redirect and site block. I think it is causing this machine to send try to send out logs and Trojans. I think it is potentially going to make my laptop explode on an The airplane.

Summary: Average user rating of esif_assist.exe: based on 1 vote with 2 user comments. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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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 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 esif_assist.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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