What Is ASChnl? Is It A Virus Or Malware? How To Fix?

What is ASChnl?

ASChnl is an dll file which belongs to the process Secure Communication Channel which comes with the Software Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools developed by software developer Cognizance

The .dll extension of the ASChnl file specifies that it is a Dynamic-link library file.

Malware and viruses are also transmitted through dll files. So we must be sure before opening any unknown dll file on our computers.

We will check if the ASChnl file is a virus or malware? Whether it should be deleted to keep your computer safe? Read more below.

Is ASChnl safe to run? Is it a virus or malware?

Let’s check the location of this dll file to determine whether this is a legit software or a virus. The location of this file is

File Location / Danger rating : C:Program Files (x86)Hewlett-PackardIAMBin

To check whether the dll file is legit you can start the Task Manager. Then click on the columns field and add Verified Signer as one of the columns.

Now look at the Verified Signer value for ASChnl process if it says “Unable to verify” then the file may be a virus.

File Name ASChnl
Software Developer Cognizance
File Type dll
File Location C:Program Files (x86)Hewlett-PackardIAMBin
Software Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools


ASChnl is a Virus or Not : ASChnl is not a Virus or Malware

If the developer of the software is legitimate then it is not a virus or malware. If the developer is not listed or seems suspicious you can remove it using the uninstall program.


How to Fix ASChnl Errors

To fix missing ASChnl file you can perform a system restore to restore all missing dll files on your system.

If the system restore didn’t fix the dll issue then you can run System File Checker to fix corrupt dll files on your Windows system.

How To Remove or Uninstall ASChnl

To remove ASChnl from your computer do the following steps one by one.

  1. If the dll file is a part of a software program or game then it will also have an uninstall option. Then you can run the uninstaller located at directory like C:>Cognizance>Secure Communication Channel orCredential Manager for HP ProtectTools >ASChnl_uninstall.dll
  2. Or the ASChnl was installed using the Windows Installer then to uninstall it Go to System Settings and open Add Or Remove Programs Option.
  3. Then Search for ASChnl or the software name Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools in the search bar or try out the developer name Cognizance.
  4. Then click on it and select the Uninstall Program option to remove ASChnl file from your computer. Now the software Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools program along with the file ASChnl will be removed from your computer.

I hope you were able to learn more about the ASChnl file and how to remove it.

Let us know in the comments below if you face any other ASChnl issues.

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