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Symantec Management Agent

What is Symantec Management Agent?  (from Altiris)

The Symantec Management Agent is the software that establishes communication between the Notification Server computer and the computers in your network. Computers with the Symantec Management Agent installed on them are called managed computers. The Notification Server computer interacts with the Symantec Management Ag...  Read more


Symantec Management Agent is a program developed by Altiris. The most used version is 7.1.8400.15400, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. The main program executable is aexnsagent.exe. The software installer includes 16 files and is usually about 36.77 MB (38,552,789 bytes). In comparison to the total number of users, most PCs are running the OS Windows 7 (SP1) as well as Windows XP. While about 59% of users of Symantec Management Agent come from the United States, it is also popular in Brazil and Italy.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.symantec.com/theme.jsp?themeid=altiris
Help link: www.altiris.com/support
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\altiris\altiris agent
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\aexnsagent.exe" /uninstall
Estimated size: 36.77 MB

Program filesFiles installed by Symantec Management Agent

Program executable:aexnsagent.exe
Name:Symantec Management Agent
Path:C:\Program Files\altiris\altiris agent\aexnsagent.exe
Additional files:
  • AeXAgentActivate.exe - Altiris Agent
  • AeXAgentDesktop.exe
  • AeXAgentDiagnostics.dll
  • AeXAgentPages.dll
  • AeXAgentUI.dll
  • AeXAgentUIHost.exe
  • AexAgentUtil.exe
  • AeXBasicInventory.dll
  • AeXSWDUsr.exe
  • AeXTaskSchedulerLib.dll
  • AgentControlTaskHandler.dll (by Symantec) - Altiris Agent Control Task Handler (Handler for Agent Control client tasks.)
  • AgentScheduler.dll (by Symantec) - Symantec Management Agent

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

  • AeXNSAgent.exe runs as a service named 'Symantec Management Agent' (AeXNSClient) "Enables remote management and trouble shooting of the computer by Symantec Management Platform solutions".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • AeXAgentActivate.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'AeXAgentLogon' which loads as C:\Program Files\Altiris\Altiris Agent\AeXAgentActivate.exe /logon.

How do I remove Symantec Management Agent?

Quickly and completely remove Symantec Management Agent from your computer by downloading "Should I Remove It?", its 100% FREE and installs in seconds (click the button below).
Or, you can uninstall Symantec Management Agent from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Symantec Management Agent, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Symantec Management Agent.

Win 7 (SP1) 75%
Win 7 7%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 6%
Keep it 94%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 82.14%
Windows XP 17.86%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Professional 51.85%
Windows 7 Enterprise 25.93%
Microsoft Windows XP 18.52%
Windows 7 Home Premium 3.70%

Distribution by countryGeography

59.46% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 59.46%
  Brazil 8.11%
  Italy 8.11%
  France 5.41%
  Australia 5.41%
  United Kingdom 5.41%
  Israel 2.70%
  Finland 2.70%
  India 2.70%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Dell 46.43%
Hewlett-Packard 28.57%
Lenovo 21.43%
ASUS 3.57%
Common models
Dell Latitude E6520 7.69%
HP EliteBook 2540p 7.69%
HP Compaq dx2420 Microtow... 3.85%
Dell Vostro1310 3.85%
LENOVO 4334 3.85%
HP Compaq 6000 Pro SFF PC 3.85%


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