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What is ACU.exe?

Part of ACU by Atheros Communications

What is it?

The Atheros Client Utility (ACU) is a user-mode utility designed to edit and add profiles, as well as display display diagnostics pertaining to the Atheros network adapter.
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How does acu.exe run?

Process - ACU.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account. ACU.exe is executed by the process explorer.exe (Windows Explorer by Microsoft).

How does acu.exe start?

Startup files (all users) run - ACU.exe is registered with the run identifier 'ACU' and the execution command '"C:\Program Files\Atheros\ACU.exe" -nogui' in the Windows registry HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Run keys are startup registry keys that are used to launch an application automatically when any Windows user logs into Windows.


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About 0.3% of all Boost users have the acu.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of acu.exe users, 16.7% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is ACU.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
 0.00000002% CPU0.2%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
          2.99 MB RAM13.9%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
              34 GDI objects22.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\atheros\acu.exe

Are there other versions of ACU?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by ACU.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Microsoft Windows XP (5.1.2600.196608)

About Atheros Communications, Inc.

Qualcomm Atheros is a developer of semiconductors for network communications, particularly wireless chipsets. Founded under the name Atheros in 1998 by experts More...
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File details

File name: ACU.exe
Publisher: Atheros Communications, Inc. (verified)
Name: ACU
Description: Atheros Client Utility
Size: 248 KB
Original file name: ACU.EXE

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 1/4/2013

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000001483%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000001277%
User CPU: 0.00000002054893%
Privileged CPU time: 578.12 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 36.86 MB
Peak committed memory: 39.08 MB
Paged memory: 2.99 MB
Peak paged memory: 2.99 MB
Paged system memory: 64.02 KB
Non-paged system memory: 3.24 KB
Working set memory: 788 KB
Peak working set memory: 5.4 MB
Min working set memory: 684 KB
Private memory: 2.99 MB
Page faults: 2,218
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 3
Total read transfer: 19.91 KB
Total write operations: 2
Total write transfer: 144 Bytes
Total other operations: 873
Total other transfer: 123.52 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 34
USER objects: 50
Handle count average: 80
Thread count average: 2
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: Undefined
Windows platform: 32-bit
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Atheros\ACU.exe" -nogui

Startup files (all users) run details

Name: ACU
Command: "C:\Program Files\Atheros\ACU.exe" -nogui

Image hashes

MD5: 60c1b4bea978d0f819352820f01ea457
SHA-1: 3c9e078816ddfaea0a286c09dcb376a56dec157a
SHA-256: b0e064d9868e547ed43dab4617da2dd17c8e71c832467959c07968714a049d50

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual C++
File packed: No
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