What is AGSService.exe? Is it a virus and how to uninstall it?

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AGSService.exe, often accompanied by AGMService.exe, is an executable file commonly associated with the Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service. If you have come across this .exe file or its service on your Windows 11 or 10 PC and are wondering if it might be a virus, or if you’ve noticed unusually high CPU usage and are pondering whether you can uninstall or disable it, this article is for you. We’ll discuss what AGSService.exe is, its functions, its potential to be malware, and provide guidance on how to uninstall or disable it, as well as how to resolve related application error issues.

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What is AGSService.exe

What is Adobe AGSService.exe service?

Adobe Systems, the software giant behind many well-known applications like Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, and Illustrator, introduced AGSService.exe (Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service) and its counterpart AGMService.exe (Adobe Genuine Software Monitor Service) to verify the authenticity of their software installations and prevent the use of pirated or counterfeit software.

Adobe Software

With the rise of software piracy, many software developers have been implementing such checks to protect their intellectual property and ensure that users receive genuine, untampered software.

However, at times, genuine users who have legally acquired their Adobe products might experience issues with this process, such as abnormally high CPU usage, or they might simply be curious about the process running in the background.

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Is AGSService.exe a Virus?

First and foremost, AGSService.exe in its legitimate form is not a virus or malicious software. As mentioned, it’s a part of the Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service, aiming to validate the authenticity of Adobe software. That being said, it’s essential to be cautious as malware or viruses can disguise themselves under legitimate file names, including “AGSService.exe.”

AGSService.exe virus

To ensure that the AGSService.exe file on your system is genuine:

  1. Check its location. The legitimate AGSService.exe file is typically found inside the AdobeGCClient folder, located at C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient. Any instance of this executable outside this path might be suspicious.AGSService.exe file location
  2. Scan your system with a reputable antivirus or anti-malware program. Regularly updating and scanning your system can help detect and remove any potentially harmful files.Run a full virus scan on Windows 11

Pro tip: How to know which process is using the Internet in Windows 11

How to uninstall AGSService.exe

If for any reason you wish to uninstall or disable the Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service, you can follow the steps outlined below. However, remember that by disabling this service, you might hinder Adobe software from validating its authenticity, which could potentially lead to functionality issues.

Method 1: Using the Windows Services Manager

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type in “services.msc” and press Enter or click “OK”.Open services.msc
  3. In the Services window, search for “Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service”.
  4. Right-click on it and select “Properties”.Adobe Genuine Software Integrity Service Windows 11
  5. In the “Startup type” dropdown, select “Disabled”. Click “OK” to apply the changes.How to disable AGSService.exe
  6. If the service is currently running, right-click again and select “Stop”.

Method 2: Uninstalling “Adobe Genuine Service” via Settings

  1. Click on the Start button (Windows icon) and then click on “Settings”.
  2. In the Settings window, select “Apps” from the left pane.
  3. Now, choose “Installed apps”.Settings Installed Apps Windows 11
  4. In the search box, type “Adobe Genuine Service”.
  5. When it appears in the list, click on the three vertical dots (options) next to it.
  6. Select “Uninstall” and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the process.How to uninstall AGSService.exe

After you’ve uninstalled or disabled AGSService.exe, it’s a good practice to restart your computer to ensure all changes take effect.

Related resource: How to Delete a Service in Windows 11 or 10 Using CMD

Locating AGSService.exe and blocking it

As previously mentioned, the genuine AGSService.exe is located within the AdobeGCClient folder at “C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient“. If you wish to block the AGSService.exe service, you can utilize the security properties. Follow the steps below:

AGSService.exe file’s location

  1. Open File Explorer by clicking its icon on the taskbar or pressing Windows + E.
  2. Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe.
  3. Here, you’ll find the AdobeGCClient folder. Inside this folder, you should locate the AGSService.exe file.Where is AGSService.exe stored in Windows 11 10

See also: How to Block a Program From Accessing Internet in Windows 11

Blocking AGSService.exe with Security properties

  1. Right-click on AGSService.exe and select “Properties”.
  2. Navigate to the “Security” tab.
  3. Click on the “Edit” button to change permissions.Edit Adobe AGSService.exe service
  4. In the list of groups or user names, select the user or group you wish to restrict access for.
  5. Below, in the “Permissions for Users” section, check the box under “Deny” for “Read & Execute”. This will block the execution of the file for that specific user or group.How to block Adobe AGSService.exe service
  6. Click “Apply” and then “OK” to save your changes. Confirm any prompts that appear.

Remember, by altering security permissions, you may affect the way Adobe products function on your system. Always make sure you understand the consequences before making such changes.

Resolving AGSService.exe application error or high CPU usage issues

Occasionally, users might encounter an “AGSService.exe Application Error” or random high CPU usage caused by the process. This can be due to various reasons such as corrupted files, conflicts with other software, or outdated Adobe software versions. Below, we’ll guide you through some steps to potentially resolve this error:

Method 1: Update Adobe software

Outdated software can sometimes conflict with newer system updates or other installed applications. Ensure you’re running the latest version of your Adobe applications.

Suggested read: How to Limit CPU Usage of a Process in Windows 11

Method 2: Repair the Adobe installation

Corrupted files could be the root of the error. Repairing the installation might help:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to “Apps” > “Installed apps”.
  3. Find the Adobe software in the list.
  4. Click on the three vertical dots (options) next to it, and select “Modify”.AGSService.exe application error
  5. In the setup dialog that appears, opt for “Repair”. Follow the on-screen instructions.Repair Adobe Software Installation

Method 3: Reinstall Adobe software

If the above methods don’t resolve the issue, a fresh installation might be the solution:

  1. First, uninstall the Adobe software causing the error either through the “Installed apps” section in Settings or the “Programs and Features” option in the Control Panel.Uninstall and reinstall Adobe Software
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Download the latest version of the Adobe software from the official Adobe website and install it.


AGSService.exe is a legitimate component of Adobe’s effort to ensure software authenticity and combat piracy. However, like any software, it may occasionally pose challenges or raise questions. Whether you’re aiming to understand its purpose, ascertain its legitimacy, or troubleshoot potential issues, we hope this guide provides clarity and aids in managing this Adobe service effectively.

Always remember to operate with caution when making changes to system files or settings and to keep your software up-to-date to ensure optimal performance and security.

Nyau Wai Hoe
Nyau Wai Hoe is the Founder and Chief Editor of WindowsDigitals.com. With a degree in software engineering and over 12 years of experience in the tech support industry, Nyau has established himself as an expert in the field, with a primary focus on the Microsoft Windows operating system. As a tech enthusiast, he loves exploring new technologies and leveraging them to solve real-life problems.

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