What is CaptureGenPCI.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the CaptureGenPCI.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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CaptureGenPCI.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with CaptureGenPCI
CaptureGenPCI.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Capture plugin for the PCI devices belongs to software Hauppauge WinTV (version 7, 8) by Hauppauge Computer Works (

Description: CaptureGenPCI.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The CaptureGenPCI.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 308,736 bytes (10% of all occurrences), 474,408 bytes and 8 more variants. 
There is no description of the program. The program is not visible. The CaptureGenPCI.exe file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 37% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with CaptureGenPCI.exe, you can uninstall Hauppauge WinTV 7 or Hauppauge WinTV 8 from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

Recommended: Identify CaptureGenPCI.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as CaptureGenPCI.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the CaptureGenPCI.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

CaptureGenPCI.exe is used by Hauppauge WinTV application. It pre-buffers start up information for WinTV so it will load faster and it keeps an active log of any scheduled recordings. All versions of WinTV uses CaptureGenPCI.exe.
  William Brown   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of CaptureGenPCI.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving CaptureGenPCI issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with CaptureGenPCI. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the CaptureGenPCI.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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