What is SLAgent.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 SLAgent.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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SLAgent.exe file information

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

The process known as SLAgent Module belongs to software ScriptLogic Desktop Authority: Computer Agent or ScriptLogic or Shelby SOAP Install or ScriptLogic / DesktopAuthority by ScriptLogic Software ( or ScriptLogic (

Description: SLAgent.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. SLAgent.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 787,360 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 783,776 bytes and 5 more variants. 
It is not a Windows system file. SLAgent.exe is able to record keyboard inputs. The program is not visible. It is a Verisign signed file. SLAgent.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. SLAgent.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 70% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Shelby SOAP Install occur, you can also remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel.

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If SLAgent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 60% dangerous. The file size is 879,968 bytes (42% of all occurrences), 1,358,136 bytes, 1,349,496 bytes, 3,421,424 bytes or 847,712 bytes. The program has no visible window. SLAgent.exe is a Verisign signed file. The file is digitally signed. It is able to record keyboard inputs. The SLAgent.exe file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. SLAgent.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Quest Software, Inc. or ScriptLogic Desktop occur, you can also remove the entire program using Windows Control Panel or go to the support area of the Scriptlogic website.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as SLAgent.exe. Therefore, you should check the SLAgent.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

our IT group uses this to control our PCs. likely necessary in a corporate environment
  Derek Truesdale  
It is a script logic file and shouldn't be removed if you are using Desktop authority as a login script
    (further information)
Our corporation uses ScriptLogic, which runs this file upon user login in order to run the ScriptLogic program. Since we use the program to map drives and dictate policies, it's very necessary for us.
  Kale Vendargo  
Used by IT-admins to monitor programs
Even in a corporate environment it still uses memory; lots and lots of it.
Slagent file for ScriptLogic's Desktop Authority
    (further information)
Slagent.exe is normally a file used by ScriptLogic (Desktop Authority). That program is used to help with desktop management, drive mappings and application launching during a user's logon process. If you use ScriptLLogic / or desktop authority. This is a necessary file for the program to run.
  Ronn   (further information)
part of desktop authority which can control any aspect of your computer
hkey_current _user/software/lanconfig
  trudy rowntree  
Part of Scriptlogic network management tool. Used primarily in corporate Windows domain environments. Do NOT delete if Desktop Authority is in use.
  Dave Cone   (further information)
A component of ScriptLogic Desktop Authority. Should only be present on machines within a corporate domain environment whose administrators use DA to map drives, deploy updates and manage inventory etc. Desktop Authority isn't immune from stability problems, but it is benign.
  John Hirons  
Used by IT people to quietly monitor user PCs on the network. The fact that it can capture keyboard input makes it dangerous if the IT people capture your personal passwords
Used by incompetent sys admins in corporate environments as a part of Desktop Authority. Probably benign even if it is error prone and a clear indication that your "Systems Administrator" lacks the skills required to perform the job.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of SLAgent.exe: based on 15 votes with 13 user comments. 3 users think SLAgent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think SLAgent.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving SLAgent issues

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