Process name: agent.exe

Application using this process: InstallShield Update Service Agent


Process name: agent.exe

Application using this process: InstallShield Update Service Agent


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Process name: agent.exe

Application using this process: InstallShield Update Service Agent

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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.

In order to ensure your files and data are not lost, be sure to back up your files online. Using a cloud backup service will allow you to safely secure all your digital files. This will also enable you to access any of your files, at any time, on any device.

Is agent.exe harmful?

This process is considered safe. It is unlikely to pose any harm to your system. Scan your system now to identify issues with this process and services that can be safely removed.
agent.exe is a safe process

Can I stop or remove agent.exe?

Most non-system processes that are running can be stopped because they are not involved in running your operating system. Scan your system now to identify unused processes that are using up valuable resources. agent.exe is used by 'InstallShield Update Service Agent'.This is an application created by 'Acresso Software Inc.'. To stop agent.exe permanently uninstall 'InstallShield Update Service Agent' from your system. Uninstalling applications can leave invalid registry entries, accumulating over time. Run a free scan to find out how to optimize software and system performance.

Is agent.exe CPU intensive?

This process is not considered CPU intensive. However, running too many processes on your system may affect your PC’s performance. To reduce system overload, you can use the Microsoft System Configuration Utility to manually find and disable processes that launch upon start-up. Alternatively, download PC Mechanic to automatically scan and identify any PC issues.

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.

agent.exe is known to have 2 other instances:

Acronis True Image Agent
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AntiVir Security Management Center Agent
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