How to remove the esif_assist_64 virus

Most antivirus programs identify esif_assist_64.exe as malware.

The esif_assist_64.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_64.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_64.exe” module is specifically for the DPTF/ESIF interface for 64-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_64 stands for Intel® Eco-System Independent Framework Assistance Module (64-bit)

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Esif_assist_64.exe file information

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

Description: Esif_assist_64.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file esif_assist_64.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 257,192 bytes (65% of all occurrences), 257,152 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The file is digitally signed. Therefore the technical security rating is 71% dangerous.

Recommended: Identify esif_assist_64.exe related errors

Important: You should check the esif_assist_64.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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Best practices for resolving esif_assist_64 issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active esif_assist_64 process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the esif_assist_64.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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