What is Adobe GC Invoker Utility & Can I Disable it (agcinvokerutility.exe)?

What is Adobe GC Invoker Utility & Can I Disable it

Adobe GC Invoker Utility, also known as adobegcclient.exe, is an Adobe software package application. However, Most antivirus programs may report the AdobeGCInvoker program as a virus. Therefore, many Adobe Acrobat DC users are asking many questions about this program.

Adobe GC Invoker Screenshot
Screen Capture of Adobe GC Invoker Utility in Task Manager

Here is the truth about Adobe GC Invoker and everything you need to know before removing or disable it from your pc and how to disable it correctly without damaging the Adobe software program.

What is Adobe GC Invoker?

How AdobeCGClient works as we understand

AdobeGCClient.exe is a small program that comes with the Adobe CC software package. It is developed by Adobe Systems, Incorporated.

It runs as a part of the Adobe Software Integrity Service validation testing, which checks for any tampering with Adobe Software program files or improper or invalid license.

This program is located at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient folder. It creates a startup instance every time your computer boot into windows. Once it started to run in the background, you can see it as a background process named AdobeGCClient.exe.

Does AdobeGCClient Slowdown your PC?

Yes, it does. You may be a Windows 7, 10, XP user. This program can slow down your computer. It also affects the startup speed of your computer.

Many users are complaining about the high CPU usage of AdobeGCClient.exe. This high usage is because Adobe GC Invoker Utility needs to run at startup. So, even you are not using adobe programs; This application continues to run in the background to perform the functions it needs.

Is Adobe GC Invoker Utility a Virus/ Spyware?

Due to the high usage of your CPU and as this program sends requests to Adobe servers to validate things they need, antivirus programs often detect and report it as malware, spyware, virus.

However, It is not malware, spyware, virus. But, usually, it behaves like that. So, antivirus programs may detect it as a virus.

We understand Adobe has the rights to validate their software to prevent piracy of their products. However, it is a painful experience for the paid users to see Adobe GC Invoker eating a lot of CPU memory forcefully.

Therefore, we can expect that Adobe may fix it or use an alternative method to perform their validations in the future.

Can I Disable/ Remove AdobeGCClient?

Yes, you can disable it. There are few methods to disable Adobe GC Utility. However, we do not recommend removing or disable Adobe GC Invoker Utility or agcinvokerutility.exe program as it is required to do the initial validations that adobe software programs require.

If you are a regular Adobe software user, we recommend you keep Adobe GC Invoker Utility running in the background because you may face errors or crashes in adobe software if you disable it.

There may be a fair reason you want to remove/ disable GC Utility, like high CPU or memory usage, or your Anti-malware program may pick up agcinvokerutility.exe as a malicious program.

How to Disable Adobe Invoker Utility?

If you are sure you need to disable/ remove this program from your pc, you can use the following methods.

  1. Disable Adobe Invoker Utility Startup from Task Manager
  2. Delete all the files created by AGCInvokerUtility.exe from Windows Registry
  3. Scan your computer using an antivirus program
  4. Delete AGCInvokerUtility.exe using windows file explore

#1 – Disable Adobe Invoker Utility Startup from Task Manager

How to Disable GC Invoker Utility via Task Manager
  • Step 01 – Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task manager
  • Step 02 – Click on the Startup tab
  • Step 03 – Find Adobe GC Utility program
  • Step 04 – Right-click the program & click Disable

#2 – Delete all the files created by AGCInvokerUtility.exe from Windows Registry

Please note that, Before editing the Windows registry, you must keep in mind that editing the registry incorrectly may cause serious damage to your windows functionalities. So, we suggest you create a backup or restore point before proceeding further.

Step 01 – Press Win+ R to open Run Dialog box & type Regedit then hit Enter to continue

Open Run Dialog Type Regedit

Step 02 – Open Registry Editor and press CTRL+F then type AGCInvokerUtility exe and hit Enter

Open Registry Editor and search for AGCInvokerUtility.exe

Step 03 – Now you can delete all the files you find suspicious.

#3 – Scan your computer using an antivirus program

You can always do an antivirus scan to find and delete suspicious programs using a good antivirus program. It will help you to remove all the suspicious programs from your pc. Sometimes there may be virus-infected to your pc if you are using pirated versions of Adobe.

Here is a list of antivirus software you can use to do the scan. We recommend scanning your pc after rebooting into safe mode.

#4 – Delete AGCInvokerUtility.exe using windows file explore

AGCInvokerUtility.exe can be found on C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient\AGCInvokerUtility.exe. You can delete this file from your computer.

However, some users find that it will automatically reappear even if you delete it from your computer, while this method works well for some users. So, basically, you cannot completely remove it without uninstalling Adobe software from your computer.

How to fix AdobeGCClient.exe – System Error

The program can’t start because adobe_caps.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Sometimes, you may see this error message after doing everything.

In this case, we recommend you reinstalling adobe on your pc as it is the easiest and fastest way to solve the problem.

We hope you have been able to fix your problem!

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