What is UmxAgent.exe?

The genuine UmxAgent.exe file is a software component of CA Personal Firewall by CA Technologies.
“UmxAgent.exe” is a file in Windows known as the HIPS Event Manager engine for the Host Intrusion Prevention System, which is included in CA Personal Firewall that is additionally part of CA Personal Anti-Virus. It is the main executable of the HIPS Event Manager engine that protects against malicious intrusions through the host. It monitors for activity that is suspicious on the host by studying code behavior. The file originally resided in Tiny Personal Firewall/Tiny Firewall as FW Event Manager, but CA Technologies acquired the company in 2005 and used it in their software, claiming it is based off of Tiny Firewall. CA Technologies started in 1976 with data management software. They began with a focus on the consumer industry, but later switched to business-to business (B2B) operations, providing IT applications such as Total Defense.

umxagent stands for user mode extender agent

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 UmxAgent.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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UmxAgent.exe file information

The process known as HIPS Event Manager belongs to software Host Intrusion Prevention System by CA (

Description: UmxAgent.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. UmxAgent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,010,192 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 887,288 bytes or 1,017,352 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. There is no description of the program. The file is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. UmxAgent.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 18% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with UmxAgent.exe, you may want to remove the entire program CA Personal Firewall or HIPSCC using Windows Control Panel.

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

Das ist ein Teil der Tiny Personal Firewall.
  Vampire   (further information)
This takes 45% CPU usage and system is becoming slower
a CA security program concerned with parental monitoring of content
It can stop downloads of larger files.
I find it attached to CA Internet Security Suite through Road Runner. It does not uninstall through the Control Panel and blocks internet access. One should most definitely use the Microsoft Firewall and umxagent.exe is also a firewall. Two firewalls jeopardize security and are in conflict with one another. You cannot delete it out of the registry or rename it. Looking for a way to get it out.
  Donna Berdick  

Summary: Average user rating of UmxAgent.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think UmxAgent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving UmxAgent issues

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