What is AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe & How to Disable it

You may have noticed that when you install any Adobe program, the Adobe GC Invoker Utility program gets installed along with it. Also, If you open the Task Manager and go to the startup tab you will find that the Adobe GC Invoker Utility is enabled or allowed to open on Startup.

So, you may wonder What is GC Invoker Utility? What is its use? Is it Malware?, does the Adobe GC Invoker Utility needs to open on startup? etc.

If the same questions appear in your mind then you have come to the right place. In this article, we have discussed everything about the Adobe GC Invoker Utility. Stay tuned!!!

Introduction to Adobe GC Invoker Utility:

To understand the significance of the Adobe GC Invoker Utility, let us understand what is AGCInvokerUtility.exe file which comes along with the Adobe programs.

What is AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file?

Adobe GC Invoker Utility

Adobe GC Invoker Utility is the full form for AGCInvokerUtility.exe file which is an executable program just like other programs. It is developed by Adobe Inc.

The Adobe GC Invoker Utility comes along with the Adobe applications as an add-on to invoke or increase the utility or performance of the main Adobe application.

AGCInvokerUtility.exe is located in a subfolder of “C:\Program Files\Common Files“—in most cases C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\AdobeGCClient\.

The file size of AGCInvokerUtility.exe file for Windows 7/8/10 is 316,392 bytes and gets up to 2,872,400 bytes. The AGCInvokerUtility.exe file has a visible Window and is not a Windows system file.

Also, it can monitor the applications running on your Windows computer.

What is the use of Adobe GC Invoker Utility? 

The Adobe GC Invoker Utility file or AGCInvokerUtility.exe is a part of Adobe Software Integrity Service validation testing which checks for any tampering with Adobe Software program files or improper or invalid license.

This file runs along with the application to check the integrity of the application and also to check if the license key is correct or valid.

Since it tests the integrity of the application it needs to be running when you open the Adobe application. So, this program runs as soon as the computer boots up which slows down the booting process.

Is AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file a malware/virus? Should you disable it

If you have a query that the AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe is malicious software or not. Then the answer is No, it is not malware or malicious software.

It is a legitimate executable file that comes with the Adobe application. Also, it does not interfere with the other applications installed on the computer.

However, there is a lot of malicious software available on the internet that has the same name as the Adobe GC Invoker Utility file. These files masquerade themselves as the GC Utility application and when you install it on your computer it causes problems.

So, if you are facing some problems like crashing of application, freezing, Interference between applications, Slow performance of the computer, system not responding properly, etc. there are chances that the Utility software installed on your computer is a virus or malware masquerading as AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file.

Hence, it is better to get rid of the file as soon as possible(steps to remove discussed below).

Also, as stated earlier opening the Adobe GC Invoker utility application on boot up slows down the boot process. So, if you don’t use Adobe every time you open the computer it is recommended to disable auto startup from the task Manager.

How to disable AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe from Autostarting on Startup :

Here are the steps to stop the  Adobe gc invoker utility from opening on startup:

  1. Press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Esc or right-click on the taskbar and click on task manager to open it.
  2. Inside Task Manager click on the startup tab on top.
  3. Tap on the Adobe GC Invoker Utility and then click on disable.
  4. This will restrict the application from opening on startup.

steps to disable AbobeGCInvokerUtility.exe autostart from task manager

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How to remove/disable Adobe GC Invoker Utility:

If the AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file installed on your computer is a virus or malware then here are the methods that you can try to protect your system from various threats and fatal errors and crashes.

Method 1: Disable the AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe from the task Manager

To stop the GC Invoker Utility application from running on your system follow the below steps:

  1. Open the Task Manager on your computer. To open it press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. Next go to the process tab and look for AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe.
  3. After you find it, tap on the file and then click on the End task at the bottom.
  4. This will terminate all the processes of the AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file and restrict it from running.
  5. Also, disable the disable it from auto-starting on boot up from the startup tab.

Method 2: Uninstall the Adobe GC Invoker Utility application from the computer:

To completely remove the malicious AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file from your computer try uninstalling the software. Also, here are the steps to uninstall it using the control panel.

  1. Go to search and type control panel and hit Enter to open the control panel on your Windows 10 computer.
  2. Next click on uninstall a program under Programs.
  3. Search the Adobe GC Invoker Utility application and tap on it. Next click on Uninstall on the top
  4. Lastly, restart your computer.

Method 3: Restart the computer in Safe Mode:

If the other methods do not help you remove the malicious file masquerading as the AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file then you must try to remove it by booting your computer in safe mode. To do it follow the below steps:

Trick 1: Boot the computer in safe mode through System configuration (msconfig)

1} Press the key combination Windows + R and type “msconfig” and hit enter

2} System configuration window will open in that go to the boot tab.

3} Next tick on the safe mode checkbox and click on apply.

4} After that you will get a pop-up asking to restart your computer. Click on Restart

boot computer in safe mode 

Trick 2: Boot the computer in safe mode while booting

The default method to enter any computer into safe mode is to interrupt the booting process three times in a row. Here are the steps to do it:

  1. Click on the power button to boot the computer and as soon as you see the Windows logo press the power button to boot it off
  2. Repeat the process two more times and the computer will trigger the Automatic Repair mode
  3. Next, click on the Advanced options and then click on Troubleshoot
  4. Now in troubleshoot go to the Advanced option and click on Restart
  5. Next, choose the Reboot option and then choose Enter Safe Mode with Networking option
  6. This will open your computer in Safe mode.

Now after the computer boots in the safe mode delete the corrupted AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file and the files associated with it.

Method 4: Delete all the AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe files from the registry

Another method that you can try to remove the AGC Invoker Utility from the system is to delete all the files created by AGCInvokerUtility.exe. Here are the steps through which you can delete all those files

  1. Press Windows + R to open the Run prompt. In that type “regedit” and hit enter. It will open the registry editor.
  2. Now, press Ctrl + F to open find. In that type AGCInvokerUtility.exe.
  3. Now, you will find all the files related to GC Invoker Utility.
  4. Delete, them all and restart your computer to apply the changes
  5. While deleting make sure you don’t delete any important files.

How to fix AdobeGcclient.exe-system error:

A lot of users reported that they face AdobeGcclient.exe-system error when they try to open an Adobe application or any application. This is a common error that every Windows users face.

This error happens because of the missing adobe_caps.dll module.

This error can be fixed by repairing the program from the control panel. To do it Open the control panel >>Go to uninstall a program >> Tap on the program >> And click on Repair on the top.

If that method does not help you solve the error then try reinstalling the application.

Difference between Adobe GCInvokerUtility.exe and Adobe UpdaterStartupUtility.exe:

Adobe GC Invoker Utility: 

The AGCInvokerUtility.exe is software that comes along with the main Adobe application. Its main purpose is to check that no manipulation is done to the main Adobe Software files and also to validate the license.

Adobe Updater Startup Utility:

The Adobe updaterstartuputility.exe is software that is used to update the main Adobe application. Just like the GC Invoker Utility application this application also autostarts as soon as the computer boots up. It automatically downloads and installs the required updates if found any. Its original name is UpdateInstaller.exe


Q. How to fix Adobe … pffffffffffffff …..?
A. A lot of users reported that removing the scheduled tasks helped them solve this Adobe error.

Q.  Is Adobe GC Invoker Utility safe?
A. The Adobe GC Invoker Utility is a legitimate Adobe file that comes with the main Adobe program. However, many malware and viruses disguise themselves as Adobe GC Invoker Utility and those files can harm your PC.

Q. Should I disable Adobe Updater Startup Utility?
A. As mentioned earlier the Adobe Updater Startup Utility is used for automatically updating the Adobe application. If it is causing load on your computer while startup then you can disable it. You can even remove it and it won’t affect the main application. The applications like Adobe Updater Startup Utility and the Adobe GC Invoker utility are targets for hackers.

Wrapping up:

In the above article, we discussed What is Adobe GC Invoker Utility, Should we disable it, and Is the AdobeGCInvokerUtility.exe file malware. Also, we explained how to fix the AdobeGcclient.exe-system error.

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