How to remove the cleanhlc virus

Most antivirus programs identify cleanhlc.exe as malware—e.g. F-Secure identifies it as Gen:Variant.Graftor.7363, and BitDefender identifies it as Gen:Variant.Graftor.7363.

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Cleanhlc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cleanhlc
Cleanhlc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Disk Hlc Manager for Windows appears to belong to software Microsoft Windows Operating System by Microsoft (

Description: Cleanhlc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Cleanhlc.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 64,000 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 63,488 bytes. 
The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The file is not a Windows system file. File is hidden. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program has no visible window. The program is a hidden stealth process. Therefore the technical security rating is 73% dangerous.

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Important: You should check the cleanhlc.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.


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Best practices for resolving cleanhlc issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active cleanhlc process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the cleanhlc.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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