What is swagent.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 swagent.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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Swagent.exe file information

The process known as DataDirect SequeLink Agent or swAgent Module belongs to software Macromedia ColdFusion (version MX 7) or McAfee Total Protection™ for Small Business or Macromedia ColdFusion MX or DataDirect SequeLink by DataDirect Technologies ( or McAfee (

Description: Swagent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Swagent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 733,253 bytes, 680,005 bytes, 775,448 bytes or 696,320 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The process uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Swagent.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If problems with Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7 or Macromedia ColdFusion MX come up, you may also do the following:
  1) uninstall it from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) get help from the software vendor Macromedia
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify swagent.exe related errors

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

Part of McAfee VirusScan ASaP (corporate virus scanner)
For database connectivity from java based apps
Coldfusion Server file in C:\CFusionMX\db\slserver52\bin
Part of ColdFusion server.
ColdFusion MX 6+
cold fusion loader app
I think CFMX 6.1
ColdFusion MX ODBC Agent
  Richard Cox   (further information)
part of ColdFusion server in C:\CFusionMX\db\slserver52\bin
ColdFusion MX 7 ODBC Agent
Stört immer am Anfang!

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of swagent.exe: based on 14 votes with 11 user comments. 10 users think swagent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger.

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Best practices for resolving swagent issues

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