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What’s QAAgent.exe (QAAgent)? Is it safe or a virus?

Yep, whenever I see a process with the name "agent" in it, I feel a bit nervous. "Agent" reminds me of "secret agents" which in turn reminds me of spyware, and here at SpyShelter's labs in Austin, Texas, my job is to fight spyware.

But, is QAAgent.exe spyware? No, it is not, as long as it's signed by Acer.

QAAgent.exe is a process associated with Acer's Quick Access software, which is pre-installed on Acer computers. The QAAgent.exe file is responsible for running the Quick Access application, which provides users with quick access to various settings and features on their Acer devices. This may include things like display settings, power management options, or audio settings.

QAAgent.exe is not essential for Winodws, but it is an important component of Acer's software suite and may be necessary for the proper functioning of the Quick Access app on Acer devices.

(Researched by Jon @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes QAAgent.exe (QAAgent)?

We’ve found Acer Incorporated should be the publisher of QAAgent.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is QAAgent.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the QAAgent.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find QAAgent.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 3, 2024

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