What is pagent.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 pagent.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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Pagent.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with pagent
Pagent.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Panda AdminSecure © communication service or Communications Agent Service belongs to software Panda AdminSecure Communications Agent or Panda AdminSecure by Panda Software ( or Guidance Software (

Description: Pagent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file pagent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 495,616 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 380,928 bytes, 468,224 bytes, 409,600 bytes or 435,456 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The process listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

Panda Anti-Virus Client Agent
Escaneador internet de Panda
  Javier de María   (further information)
Is part of Panada Security Antivirussoftware
  Frank   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of pagent.exe: based on 5 votes with 3 user comments. 5 users think pagent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving pagent issues

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