What does the gpg-agent.exe file do?
The gpg-agent.exe process is also known as GnuPG’s private key daemon and is a part of GNU Privacy Guard (GnuPG) or, as the case may be, Gpg4win (Version (2.1.0)). This software is produced by g10 Code GmbH or, as the case may be, The GnuPG Project. An obsolete or defective version of gpg-agent.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- GnuPG’s private key daemon has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- GnuPG’s private key daemon 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)
- gpg-agent.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module gpg-agent.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about gpg-agent.exe GnuPG’s private key daemon
gpg-agent.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Gpg-agent.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 313,856 bytes (22% of all these files), 404,992 bytes as well as 6 other variants.
This gpg-agent program does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. The gpg-agent file is not part of the Windows operating system. This gpg-agent.exe process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN. For this reason, 52% 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 gpg-agent.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 gpg-agent?
The file spreads very slowly and does not often make an appearance. Therefore, feedback from other users is not yet available.
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How to uninstall GNU Privacy Guard or Gpg4win)
To remove GnuPG’s private key daemon 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 GNU Privacy Guard or Gpg4win) in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if gpg-agent.exe (GnuPG’s private key daemon) 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 GnuPG’s private key daemon. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for GnuPG’s private key daemon 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 gpg-agent.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.