What is winagent.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 winagent.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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Winagent.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with winagent
Winagent.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as winagent or agent_winnt Application belongs to software Advanced Monitoring Agent or Advanced Monitoring Agent GP or N-able Technologies Inc. Windows Agent by Remote Monitoring ( or N-able Technologies (

Description: Winagent.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file winagent.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,373,760 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 8,490,496 bytes and 15 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The winagent.exe file is not a Windows core file. Winagent.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case you experience problems using winagent.exe, you may want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Advanced Monitoring Agent or N-able Technologies Inc. (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If winagent.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 84% dangerous. The file size is 417,792 bytes. There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The file is not a Windows system file. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet.

If winagent.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 87,040 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 64,512 bytes or 62,720 bytes. The winagent.exe file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The winagent.exe file is not a Windows core file. Winagent.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as winagent.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example WORM_PKOOBF.SM (detected by TrendMicro), and Packed.Generic.257 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the winagent.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

winagent.exe is also used by houndogs advanced monitoring agent
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Summary: Average user rating of winagent.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks winagent.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving winagent issues

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