What is sqlagent.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 sqlagent.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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Sqlagent.EXE file information

Windows Task Manager with sqlagent
Sqlagent.EXE process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Microsoft SQL Server Agent or SQLAGENT - SQL Server Agent or SQLAgent$MICROSOFTSMLBIZ belongs to software Microsoft SQL Server (version 2000) or Office Server Extensions or SQL Server Agent (DDNI) by Microsoft (

Description: Sqlagent.EXE is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file sqlagent.EXE is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 311,872 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 323,584 bytes, 366,936 bytes, 339,968 bytes or 303,170 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The sqlagent.EXE file is not a Windows core file. Sqlagent.EXE is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 24% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could uninstall Microsoft SQL Server Desktop or Office Server Extensions software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

Allows SQL Server to run scheduled DTS jobs
  Dan Aucott  
sqlagent.exe is part of Microsoft SQL Server Agent and is used for executing scheduled jobs.

Summary: Average user rating of sqlagent.EXE: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think sqlagent.EXE is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving sqlagent issues

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