What is SAgent4.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 SAgent4.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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SAgent4.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with SAgent4
SAgent4.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as SAgent4 belongs to software EPSON Bi-directional Printer by SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION (

Description: SAgent4.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file SAgent4.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 (common is C:\windows\system32\ or C:\Program Files\common files\epson\ebapi\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 131,072 bytes (56% of all occurrences), 122,880 bytes or 136,576 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. SAgent4.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as SAgent4.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the SAgent4.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

Some kind of epson remote printer file
  duhfadur   (further information)
printer status agent for epson CX6400
  kenR   (further information)
Epson Printer spy tells Epson about your printing
  Mike Webby  
allows printing to Epson printers on your network
SAgent4 is the network communication module for your printer’s
SAgent4 is the network communication module for your printer’s Status Monitor utility. It actively searches for printers on your local network and will allow you to check the status, ink levels and perform maintenance on the networked printers.
it tried to access epson rx 600...tried
We had an sagent error message which asked if we wanted to keep blocking sagent with windows firewall. We said yes and now we can't print to our Epson Stylus Photo R300
  Paul Davies  
It is the module installed, on windows XP, when you own an Epson Printer & have it networked on your LAN. It doesn't contain any spyware, nor does it send any information to Epson about your printing habits! I am a programmer, who has investigated the processes attached to the file.
  John connor  
Stupid useless, but inoccuous bloatware from Epson.
  Tachion Feynman   (further information)
Blocking SAgent4 does not prevent printing on a Epson Stylus C66. Client is Windows XP Pro x64. Printer attached to Windows XP Pro.
  James Wilson  
Yep, EPSON bloatware for network printing. What's wrong with Windows network printing? Unfortunately seems required.
  War Criminal  
not dangerous but needed for epson printers to work on lan.
its a bit iffy on Terminal Services...
  John Doe  
sagent4.exe uses 99% of my CPU
  Wayne Brown  
reports your printing statistics to Epson
Was taking 50% of my CPU time with the D88 printer off!
Have an Epson printer attached to a XP machine using USB, and have printer sharing turned on. I use another XP machine on the network that prints via the first computer. I have SAgent4.exe blocked using McAfee firewall, and the printer works fine from either machine.
Installs with Epson C88 drivers. Crashes in Terminal Services. Doesn't appear to be necessary for printer to work in TS
  Server Monkey  
right now I am down to this trying to find out why my Epson R300 wont print on my network
  kate ferguson  
I do have an epson printer so will leave it alone
  Rashade Hakim  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SAgent4.exe: based on 21 votes with 21 user comments. 9 users think SAgent4.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 4 users don't grade SAgent4.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving SAgent4 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with SAgent4. 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.

To help you analyze the SAgent4.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity 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. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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