What is hardcopy.exe?

The genuine hardcopy.exe file is a software component of Hardcopy for Windows by sw4you|Siegfried Weckmann.
Siegfried Weckmann creates a lot of utility programs and sells them through his website, Hardcopy is one such program that lets you quickly take screenshots with a simple click. It adds a printer icon to the taskbar of every open window letting you capture just that particular window. A hardcopy icon appears in the system tray as well, letting you capture the entire screen.

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 hardcopy.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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Hardcopy.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hardcopy
Hardcopy.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Hardcopy - Drucken Fenster/Bildschirminhalt, Print Window/Screen or Hardcopy - Drucken Fenster/Bildschirminhalt belongs to software Hardcopy für Windows by sw4you, Siegfried Weckmann ( or Siegfried Weckmann.

Description: Hardcopy.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hardcopy.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,298,432 bytes (6% of all occurrences), 1,280,512 bytes and 63 more variants. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. It is not a Windows system file. The file is able to record keyboard inputs. Hardcopy.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to do the following:

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

  SP   (further information)
Registered user since 2000. No problem.
  Juan Castro  
ScreenShot of your screen (utility)
Spitzentool Freeware
Super ScreenShot Programm
Tolles Tool. Unbedenklich

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Summary: Average user rating of hardcopy.exe: based on 25 votes with 6 user comments. 22 users think hardcopy.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users don't grade hardcopy.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hardcopy issues

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