What is swsys.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 swsys.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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Swsys.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with swsys
Swsys.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as amsys32 or SoftActivity AM Client belongs to software SoftActivity AM Client or amsys32 or Activity Monitor Agent by Deep Software (

Description: Swsys.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Swsys.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,073,488 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 1,994,616 bytes, 1,031,680 bytes, 1,038,672 bytes or 1,072,976 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The software is a hidden stealth process. The swsys.exe file is not a Windows system file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. Swsys.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 87% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If swsys.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 722,296 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 956,328 bytes, 700,280 bytes, 961,960 bytes or 159,744 bytes. It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The file is digitally signed. Swsys.exe is a Verisign signed file. Swsys.exe is able to monitor applications, connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to turn to the software company, Softactivity, for advice, search for an update on the vendor’s website or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Activity Monitor Agent (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Important: Some malware also uses the file name swsys.exe, for example not-a-virus:Monitor.Win32.ActivityMonitor.b (detected by Kaspersky), and Application.ActivityMonitor.C (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the swsys.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

it's part of a programme that enables your employers to spy on what you are doing
Activity monitor spy
SwSys is used by employers to make sure that employees are WORKING and using the computers that THE COMPANY OWNS and the bandwidth that THE COMPANY PAYS FOR in a manner that makes them money so that they can PAY your time wasting sorry asses.
swsys.exe does NOT attempt to -or- terminate antivirus applications. swsys.exe cannot be installed on a non-local computer, and cannot upload private data to a 'hacker's site', but rather only your system administrator's computer, securely. swsys.exe opens no backdoors. The only ports it opens are your standard http and smtp ports, which will be monitored by your antivirus application. swsys.exe is not detected as a virus and/or spyware by the leading detectors of said products. And lastly, if you uninstall swsys.exe, it can always be remotely re-installed by your system admin, invisibly.
It slows down the computer......!!!
  Kashif Mughal  
It's part of "activity monitor", so your employer can log every fart on your pc. Actually it's a legal trojan??? I do remember the olddays when there was a trojan called "deepthroat", it does exactly the same, but somehow it's legal now.
Activity Monitor is a great application used for employee monitoring, educational monitoring, and parental control. I am an employer who uses it with acknowledgement of my employees. Employees no longer lie about what they are doing and are responsible for their time thanks to activity monitor.
  Mark   (further information)
Antivirus does NOT pick it up as a virus, so hackers monitor and or pose as that program and let it do the work for them. ;-) Thanks corporate spyware developers! You just made the work easy by installing this! LOL! -=FNORD=-
  Anon E. Mouse   (further information)
Currently causing issues with a customer's PST file. But yes it is used for making sure you're doing your work!
  Oliver - Helpdesk Lakie  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of swsys.exe: based on 9 votes with 9 user comments. 5 users think swsys.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user suspects danger. 3 users think swsys.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving swsys issues

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