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Process name: agent.exe
Application using this process: InstallShield Update Service Agent
Recommended: Scan your system for invalid registry entries.
What is agent.exe doing on my computer?
The agent.exe file is also known as the InstallShield Update Service Agent and is used to connect to the Internet to check for software updates for the following software applications: Roxio, DragonNaturally Speaking, Corel Draw, Acronis, Articulate, and other programs that make use of the service FLEXnet Connect.
Agent.exe acts like the wuauclt.exe process (referred to as Windows Update). It checks for updates on the Internet and notifies the user regarding the update. For the agent.exe file to collect the correct update for the software, it has to obtain particular information from the software including product version, product name, and language.
By default, the provider of the software is the one that sets the frequency of the update-checking process carried out by the agent.exe file. The user can also change its settings through the control panel of the Update Manager.
Non-system processes like agent.exe originate from software you installed on your system. Since most applications store data in your system's registry, it is likely that over time your registry suffers fragmentation and accumulates invalid entries which can affect your PC's performance. It is recommended that you check your registry to identify slowdown issues.
Is agent.exe harmful?
Can I stop or remove agent.exe?
Is agent.exe CPU intensive?
Why is agent.exe giving me errors?Process related issues are usually related to problems encountered by the application that runs it. A safe way to stop these errors is to uninstall the application and run a system scan to automatically identify any PC issues.
Why do I have multiple instances of agent.exe?
Multiple copies of a process in your task manager may indicate the presence of a virus or Trojan. Make sure you always use an updated antivirus software and perform a full scan to identify any such cases.
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