What is hardlock.vxd?

Please read below to decide for yourself whether the hardlock.vxd 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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Hardlock.vxd file information

The process does not provide any identification of the producer.

Description: Hardlock.vxd is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The hardlock.vxd file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 46,432 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 46,424 bytes. 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The file is a file with no information about its developer. The program is not visible. There is no detailed description of this service. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: system.ini). The file is not a Windows system file. hardlock.vxd appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 66% dangerous.

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If hardlock.vxd is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 66% dangerous. The file size is 75,668 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 54,636 bytes. There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: system.ini). It is not a Windows system file. hardlock.vxd appears to be a compressed file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hardlock.vxd. Therefore, you should check the hardlock.vxd 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 hardlock issues

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