What is PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe?

The genuine PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe file is a software component of Adobe Photoshop Elements by Adobe Systems.
PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe is an executable file that belongs to Adobe Photoshop Elements, a stripped-down version of Adobe Photoshop, a graphics editor, meant for hobbyists and consumers instead of professionals. This process scans the computer for new files to add to its image library. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Adobe Photoshop Elements was initially introduced in 2001 as a lighter version of Adobe Photoshop and features fewer but simpler options limited to creating, editing, organizing and sharing images. The program has a number of features aimed at beginners and non-experts such as basic red-eye removal, and modifying skin tones. Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American software giant that develops software products for web design, video editing, web hosting, image editing, servers, as well as formats such as Flash and PDF. The company was established in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnockin and is currently headquartered in San Jose, California.

PhotoshopElementsFileAgent stands for Adobe Photoshop Elements File Agent

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 PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.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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PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe file information

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

The process known as Adobe Photoshop Elements (version 7.0 (component), 11.0 (component), 9.0 (component), 8.0 (component), 10.0 (component), 12.0 (component)) or Adobe Active File Monitor (version V4, V5) or PSElements6 or PSElements5

belongs to software Adobe Photoshop Elements (version 11, 12) or Adobe Active File Monitor (version V5, V4) or or Adobe Creative Suite (version 5 Master) or Adobe Dreamweaver (version CS5)

by Adobe Systems (

Description: PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ (mainly C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 102,400 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 124,832 bytes and 11 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe file is not a Windows system file. There is no description of the program. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program Adobe Photoshop Elements, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to to update it, go to for support, or go to Adobe Photoshop Elements in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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If PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 18% dangerous. The file size is 124,832 bytes. The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows system file.

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

Annoying PhotoShop Element process that checks for device or files to add to its Image Library. I don't know how to deactivate it
Listed as a service with XP pro can be disabled there. Used for some sort of file tracking.
  Dr No  
file tracker for PhotoShop Element albums
  dave g  
Just a program (service) to monitor files added to the adobe photo album
It gets installed with Photoshop Elements. You don't need it if you know how to manage your own files.
It adds all of your pictures to an album in photoshop. Doesn't really help you at all, but if you like the idea then go for it.
PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe is required for the proper functioning of watch folders. So, it auto-starts on each launch of application. For more info check link to the adobe forum.
  Hector   (further information)
Its service Adobe Active File Monitor. Open windows services admin to disable it
Why can't you kill this process. it keeps starting with the computer and it annoys me...
It runs as a service. To deactivate it, just go to services (run services.msc) and look for 'Adobe Active File Monitor V5'. Set it to 'Manual' and then stop it.
You can run "services.msc" and disable the "Adobe Active File Manager", either turn it to off or to Manual, that will keep it from starting up everytime you turn the computer on.
  The Sacred Phoenix  
Used to tracks changes made to folders monitored by Adobe Photoshop Element's "Watch Folders" list in its options. If you chnage 'Adobe Active File Monitor' in the services.msc to manual, it won't start with windows, but PSE will no long watch folders either. I think if you tell PSE to not watch folders it goes off anyway.
If you use Photoshop Elements 7 or 8, this service provides your watch folders. Don't remove it if you want PSE to watch your folders. According to Adobe, the service is vulnerable to misuse by malware. They publish a fix in their support section. (See link below.) NOTE: To use the fix, you have to run the command prompt as an administrator. You can do that by right-clicking it on your start menu and choosing "run as administrator." To paste something into the command prompt window, right-click it and choose "paste."
  noĆ«   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe: based on 16 votes with 13 user comments. 9 users think PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 3 users don't grade PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving PhotoshopElementsFileAgent issues

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