What is pageant.exe?

The genuine pageant.exe file is a software component of PuTTY by
Pageant is a secure shell (ssh) tunneling method for connecting to Unix or Linux machines via PuTTY. PuTTY is terminal emulator that has the ability to ulilize several protocols and includes the ability to transfer files.

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 pageant.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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Pageant.exe file information

The process known as PuTTY SSH authentication agent belongs to software UnxUtils or PuTTY suite or WinSCP or PuTTY by ( or Simon Tatham (

Description: Pageant.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Pageant.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 126,976 bytes (80% of all occurrences) or 122,880 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. It is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with pageant.exe, you can uninstall UnxUtils or WinSCP from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify pageant.exe related errors

If pageant.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 6% dangerous. The file size is 135,168 bytes. The program has a visible window. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Pageant.exe is not a Windows system file.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with pageant.exe, you can uninstall PuTTY from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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

Pageant (an SSH authentication agent for PuTTY, PSCP and Plink)
  Marc   (further information)
Putty Page Ant-Prozess
  Martin Fuchs  
Putty SSH Agent
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Summary: Average user rating of pageant.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. 4 users think pageant.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving pageant issues

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