Adobe GC Invoker Utility

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Jan 28, 2018 Jan 28, 2018

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Is this a valid program? It is in the C:/Programs Files(x86)/Common Files/Adobe folder. (win 7 64bit) I found it in my startup tab, unchecked it yesterday, moved it out of my C Drive, and it is back this morning.

Thanks,

Don

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 28, 2018 Jan 28, 2018
Yes, it is legitimate. You can read in the thread I linked below where Adobe staffer David explains as follows:
David (Adobe staff) wrote:The AdobeGCClient.exe is a process that runs as part of the Adobe Software Integrity Service validation testing, which checks for any tampering with Adobe Software program files or improper or invalid license.
Here's the thread:What is AdobeGCClient.exe?

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018
Download CCleaner from hereDownload CCleaner | Clean, optimize & tune up your PC, free! Install and go to Tools > Startup and you should be able to right click on the process and delete it from there

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 28, 2018 Jan 28, 2018

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Yes, it is legitimate. You can read in the thread I linked below where Adobe staffer David explains as follows:

David (Adobe staff) wrote:

The AdobeGCClient.exe is a process that runs as part of the Adobe Software Integrity Service validation testing, which checks for any tampering with Adobe Software program files or improper or invalid license.

Here's the thread:

What is AdobeGCClient.exe?

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Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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if it is legit and part of Adobe software, why is most, internet search for AGCInvokerUtility say it is a malware, and need to be removed?

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Feb 20, 2018 Feb 20, 2018

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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Hello Adobe Staff,

But how can you remove AGCInvokerUtility.exe from the startup menu?

Please help

Greetings,

Enrico

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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Why do you feel the need to remove it?

It's not doing any harm

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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Because i want a clean laptop

I can't remove 'AGCInvokerUtility'. I can't find 'AGCInvokerUtility' in the file explore?

Can somebody help me how to remove 'AGCInvokerUtility' from the startup menu?

Greetings,

Enrico

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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In Task Manager go to the Startup tab and right click on the process and select Open file location

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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If i open the Startup tab and right click on 'AGCInvokerUtility' I can't press on Open file location.

Only on 'turn on' and 'search online'

Greetings,

Enrico

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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See if you can locate this folder AdobeGCClient in this location

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient

If you do just delete it

If you have concerns about your PC, try running these, both have free editions

Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware & Malware Removal

SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloads

Malwarebytes | AdwCleaner

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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I'll already delete that file(C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\) but 'AGCInvokerUtility' is still to find in the startup tab.

Greetings,

Enrico

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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Download CCleaner from here

Download CCleaner | Clean, optimize & tune up your PC, free!

Install and go to Tools > Startup and you should be able to right click on the process and delete it from there

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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Thank you very must!

It works!

Greetings,

Enrico

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Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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No worries glad to help!

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 08, 2020 Jun 08, 2020

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Hello Ted,

I use Bitdefender Total Security & it blocked this application (agcinvokerutility.exe) with the option for me to allow it. After searching for more info on the application, I ended up here. After reading all the posts, I've learned that I don't know a damn thing about computers, software, applications, etc. I'm afraid if I don't accept the agcinvokerutility.exe application, I'll find some time down the road it was extremely necessary & if I do accept it, that will cause more problems than I can handle. I'm getting mixed messages about this application here. Some say it's harmless, others say hell no it isn't. Do you have any useful, laymen terms advice for a computer idiot? Is it a necessary application for someone who almost never uses Adobe? Thx. 

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Jan 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021

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Maybe just try using adobe without accepting the download first, and if it works fine, then you obviously don't need it, espicially if it is questionable, and yes, it uses A LOT of cpu!!! 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 16, 2018 Mar 16, 2018

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I remove Photoshop CC 2018 via Creative Cloud Desktop. Then i removed Creative Cloud with Uninstaller then I removed everthing whit AdobeCreativeCloudCleanerTool.exe.

But 'AGCInvokerUtility' didn't removed? How can i delete AGCInvokerUtility?

Greetings,

Enrico

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New Here ,
Dec 04, 2018 Dec 04, 2018

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i removed all adobe, but this file hung around which brings me to the conclusion that most reports are correct in saying its malware

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New Here ,
Apr 10, 2019 Apr 10, 2019

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File and Registry remnants are always left behind...you should use something like Revo to clean it out properly.

Also, Adobe creates tasks in Windows Task Scheduler that you need to delete or disable.

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New Here ,
Oct 04, 2020 Oct 04, 2020

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Most people think that malware only comes from malware creators.  That's not true.  Malware can also come from corporations like Adobe, Microsoft, etc.  Any time that a company forces you to run software on your machine which can have a negative imapact on performace - and doesn't give you the option to turn it off - is by definition "malware".

 

Adobe's Flash Player has been considered malware for many years, which is why Apple refused to ever allow it into their operating system.  And by the end of this year, Adobe is finally putting it out of its misery.

 

The gcinvoker nonsense is a perfect example of crud being forced to run on your machine.  It does absolutely nothing useful other than spy on you or nag you about licensing.  Adobe should have more than enough intelligent people on its developer team to know that there's nothing - literally nothing - they can do to prevent someone from running an unlicensed version of whatever software.  Photoshop, for example, was first released in 1990.  That's 30 years ago.  People were running it without a license 30 years ago, and they continue to do so today - regardless of gcinvoker or other such garbage.  If people are willing/able to pay for software, they will.  If they're unwilling/unable, they won't.  It's that simple.

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2019 Apr 06, 2019

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What does it do? It says it has high impact on startup. Can I remove it from startup without it messing up my adobe apps?

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New Here ,
Feb 17, 2020 Feb 17, 2020

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OH YES, It does great GREAT HARM!

 

It effectively blocks even a fast PC for several minutes when it spawns 15-20 (!!) instances och the same process, each using 5-6% CPU load!

 

This is simply one of the worst constructed piece of software that Adobe has ever designed, and that says a lot! How on earth can Adobe issue a bloatware like this that occupies the client computer for several minutes, for no benefit for the client?

 

I can understand their effort to chech that you run only genuine software. But there are many far more competent ways of doing this! As of now they effectively STEAL my working hours even if I have no intention to use any Adobe SW during the session.

 

Rethink! Do right! 

 

 

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New Here ,
Apr 30, 2019 Apr 30, 2019

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That's "pretty cool" how after uninstalling adobe on windows 10, this startup option AGCInvokerUtility.exe still exists, and the creative cloud file folder still exists. Adobe needs to fix their uninstallers. They're horrible. Better yet, stop bundling creative cloud, and a dozen other background programs (like agcinvoker.exe) that spawn a dozen background processes that have NOTHING to do with the program and that no one uses. Adobe used to be an awesome company a decade ago. That was until they went saas everything and started bundling needless bloat into their software. #NoOneAtAdobeIsListening. Garbage management, garbage software.

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May 08, 2019 May 08, 2019

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Yeah I agree, some Adobe startup items is also crashing my file explorer, I cannot even create an empty folder  - not sure if it is because I've actually started using Creative Cloud for backups now and use more space than I normally do. There is an annoying flickering of my desktop (icons / taskbar appears and disappears). All of these do not occur when I disable Adobe Systems Inc startup items like GC Invoker Utility.

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Oct 09, 2020 Oct 09, 2020

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I don't think Adobe was ever an awesome company. They bought awesome companies and then ruined them in pursuit of maximal profits. Adobe is an investment company. Its leadership doesn't actually care about the quality of their software beyond how it affects their market share. They're all business types--they don't even use it.

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