What is HostedAgent.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 HostedAgent.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.

Click to Run a Free Scan for HostedAgent.exe related errors

HostedAgent.exe file information

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

The process known as Hosted Agent Service belongs to software Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security Services or Trend Micro Client/Server Security Agent by Trend Micro (

Description: HostedAgent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HostedAgent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 24,088 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 17,920 bytes, 17,884 bytes or 30,768 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to completely remove Trend Micro Client/Server Security Agent or Trend Micro Client/Server Security (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program) or search the support area on the Trendmicro website.

Recommended: Identify HostedAgent.exe related errors

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

There are no user opinions yet. Why not be the first to write a short comment?

Do you have additional information? Help other users!
What do you know about HostedAgent.exe:
How would you rate it:
Link for more info:
Your Name:

Best practices for resolving HostedAgent issues

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

Other processes

HostedAgent.exe [all]