What is AGSService.exe?

The genuine AGSService.exe file is a software component of Adobe Creative Suite by Adobe.
Adobe Creative Suite is a bundled group of software programs featuring graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by Adobe. AGSService.exe checks the system for pirated Adobe software. This is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems.

The first Adobe Creative Suite was launched on September 1, 2003. The applications that bundled with the suite were Acrobat, After Effects, Audition, Adobe Bridge, Dreamweaver, Encore, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro. The last version of Adobe Creative Suite 6 was released on May 7, 2012. It is now succeeded by Adobe Creative Cloud.

Adobe Systems Incorporated is an American software giant that develops software products for web design, video editing, web hosting, image editing, servers, as well as formats such as Flash and PDF. The company was established in 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnockin and is currently headquartered in San Jose, California.

AGSService stands for Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the AGSService.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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AGSService.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with AGSService
AGSService.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service or AGS Service belongs to software Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service or AGS Service or Adobe Common File Installer by Adobe Systems (

Description: AGSService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. AGSService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files" (for instance C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,319,848 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 2,021,592 bytes and 15 more variants. 
The process is the AGSService service: Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service.
The program has no visible window. AGSService.exe is not a Windows system file. The file is digitally signed. The file is a Verisign signed file. AGSService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: There is a possibility to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of Adobe Common File Installer (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program), get help from the software vendor Adobe or verify that you have installed the latest version.

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If AGSService.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 54% dangerous. The file size is 2,257,016 bytes. The program has no visible window. It is a Verisign signed file. AGSService.exe is certified by a trustworthy company. There is no detailed description of this service. AGSService.exe is not a Windows system file. AGSService.exe is able to monitor applications.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as AGSService.exe. Therefore, you should check the AGSService.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

Target for any injector. AGSService stands for Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service
Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service
  Matti Mulkku   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of AGSService.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user suspects danger. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving AGSService issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with AGSService. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the AGSService.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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