What is AdminService.exe?

The genuine AdminService.exe file is a software component of Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite by Qualcomm Atheros.
Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite, a software program that facilitates the functioning of Bluetooth adapters. AdminService.exe launches the Administration Service program associated with the Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. The Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite enables computers to use onboard Bluetooth adapters. The program is responsible for automatically installing and updating Bluetooth drivers. This program is usually preinstalled on computers that ship with a Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth adapter. Qualcomm Atheros (formerly known as T-Span Systems and Atheros Communications) is an American corporation that designs and develops semiconductor technology for network communications, specialising in wireless chipsets. The company was founded in 1998 by Teresa Meng and John L. Hennessy. Qualcomm acquired the company in 2011 for $3.7 billion making it a subsidiary and changing the name to Qualcomm Atheros.

AdminService stands for Administration Service Application

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 AdminService.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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AdminService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AdminService
AdminService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Windows Setup API or AdminService Application

belongs to software Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite or Dell WLAN and Bluetooth Client or Bluetooth Software or Qualcomm Atheros WLAN and Bluetooth Client or Atheros Bluetooth Suite or Bluetooth Win7 Suite or Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless LAN or Windows® Win (version 7 DDK driver)

by Windows® Win (version 7 DDK provider) or Atheros Commnucations or Qualcomm Atheros Commnucations or Qualcomm Atheros.

Description: AdminService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The AdminService.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 312,448 bytes (16% of all occurrences), 319,104 bytes and 46 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. AdminService.exe is a Verisign signed file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. AdminService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with AdminService.exe, you can also do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > Qualcomm Atheros Bluetooth Suite or Qualcomm Atheros WLAN and Bluetooth Client)
  2) search the support area on the Qualcomm website.

Recommended: Identify AdminService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AdminService.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the AdminService.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 can also be related to FedEx ship mangager
Ther version of adminservice.exe on my computer is started by the FedEx Shipmanager shipping program.
  Joseph L.  
in program files/ bluetooth
It's part of a bluetooth administration suite - Asus bluetooth drivers.
If located in "c:\Program Files\" or "c:\Program Files(x86)\" then 95% is safe. File size is 74,912 bytes OR 105,120 bytes. If located in c:\Windows\ or c:\windows\System32\ then most likely malware. Thanks! - ParticIe
For me it is used by my dell blutooth, It seems safe and is taking 0% of cpu. Im pretty sure it's fine, at least in mycase.
Sounds suspicious but is actually a part of my Bluetooth driver
If AdminService.exe is found in the C:\Windows directory, end the application using the task manager and delete it. While the file itself is not a virus it leaves an open port (a backdoor) which can be connected to by anyone. After gaining access through this port the user has full control over your computer using remote access. Note: Can be connected to through LAN or TCP/IP.
When highlighted in the c:/Windows directory, mine says Atheros Commnucations.. And yes, it is spelt like that. I'm probably going to delete it; seems suspicious.
The adminservice.exe can be a part of a bluetooth driver for an Atheros bluetooth module. If it is located in C:\Windows\System32\AdminService.exe and is 208,896 bytes on disk, then it is safe. I dont know otherwise.
  Nigel Thornberry   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of AdminService.exe: based on 10 votes with 10 user comments. 5 users think AdminService.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user thinks AdminService.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving AdminService issues

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