What is cloaker.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 cloaker.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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Cloaker.exe file information

The process known as Cloaker belongs to software Cloaker, Cloaker, Cloaker by Hewlett-Packard Co (

Description: Cloaker.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Cloaker.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 27,136 bytes (98% of all occurrences) or 96,768 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The cloaker.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, MACHINE\RunOnce). Therefore the technical security rating is 25% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cloaker.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the cloaker.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

Found on HP recovery CD to prevent setting up software manually?
it is not so important and also it does not take a lot of memory and you can also keep it or disable it as you want.
  Steven-HP Support   (further information)
on a Compaq desktop 11/2006 w/WinXP-MCE, in C:\HP\bin, 27136 bytes, has strange properties such as Product Name- cloaker, cloaker, cloaker!
  RoyGBIV   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of cloaker.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks cloaker.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving cloaker issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cloaker. 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.

To help you analyze the cloaker.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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