What does the ASFAgent.exe file do?
The ASFAgent.exe process is also known as ASF Agent COM Service and is a part of Intel® Network Connections or, as the case may be, Intel PRO Alerting Suite ASF (Version 1.0 and ASF 2.0 Compatible). This software is produced by Intel (www.intel.com). An obsolete or defective version of ASFAgent.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- ASF Agent COM service has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ASF Agent COM service has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- ASFAgent.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module ASFAgent.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about ASFAgent.exe ASF Agent COM service
ASFAgent.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file ASFAgent.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 133,968 bytes (75% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 114,688 bytes.
This particular software does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. It does not come from Microsoft and is not part of the operating system. The file contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). ASFAgent.exe is capable of make itself undetectable by other programs. For this reason, 23% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves ASFAgent.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about ASFAgent?
|This is used by a number of application suites. In the case of DELL its for use with the OpenManage Client Instrumentation (OMCI), which is installed as standard on most of their PC's. Its supposed to let you change settings remotely and locally on the computer, but seems to require another product purchased from Dell (of course) in order to use it. |
Summary: One user judges ASFAgent.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Intel® Network Connections or Intel PRO Alerting Suite ASF
To remove ASF Agent COM service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate Intel® Network Connections or Intel PRO Alerting Suite ASF in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if ASFAgent.exe (ASF Agent COM service) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of ASF Agent COM service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for ASF Agent COM service or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or ASFAgent.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.
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