What does the cagent32.exe file do?
The cagent32.exe process is also known as Centennial DiscoveryŽ Client Agent or, as the case may be, FrontRange Discovery Client Agent and is a part of Centennial Discovery or, as the case may be, FrontRange Discovery. This software is produced by Centennial Software (www.frontrange.com) or, as the case may be, FrontRange Solutions USA. An obsolete or defective version of cagent32.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Centennial Discovery Client Agent has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Centennial Discovery Client Agent 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)
- cagent32.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module cagent32.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about cagent32.exe Centennial Discovery Client Agent
cagent32.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. The file cagent32.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 1,295,648 bytes (25% of all these files), 1,489,984 bytes, 1,004,832 bytes or, as the case may be, 851,968 bytes.
The program executes in the background, and can only be terminated using Windows Task Manager. Cagent32.exe was developed by a so-called third party provider - and not by Microsoft. The original file is digitally signed. Check your file. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). Cagent32.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 36% 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 cagent32.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 cagent32?
|Centennial Discovery(R) Client Agent . (Auditing client) |
|This is in fact spyware however it's usually running because it's required by the corporation one's working within. The execution of this program usually does no damage however it's been known to seize 100% of the computer's CPU from time to time. It can be deleted however that will often violate the rules of the corporation one's working for. |
Fredric L. Rice
|monitoring software |
|I would not consider it to be Spyware. When it's used in a corporate environment it's used to ensure compliance, not to spy, and certainly if the user believes that their work computer is their property, or that they have a right to privacy on it, they need to look at the bigger picture. I've never seen it use anywhere near 100% CPU utilization, and it's footprint in general is very small. If your work PC has this process installed, it's 100% required. The system admins will know if you remove it and that is likely grounds for some form of discussion with one's manager. |
Summary: 6 users judge cagent32.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. However, one user considers this to be a suspicious process and would like to get rid of it. For this reason, 2 users have already deleted cagent32.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall Centennial Discovery or FrontRange Discovery
To remove Centennial Discovery Client Agent 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 Centennial Discovery or FrontRange Discovery in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if cagent32.exe (Centennial Discovery Client Agent) 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 Centennial Discovery Client Agent. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Centennial Discovery Client Agent 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 cagent32.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.