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What is HControl.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 HControl.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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HControl.exe file information

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

The process belongs to software ATK0100 or ATK Hotkey or ATK Package or ASUS HControl or Windows Update by ATK0100 or ASUS (www.asus.com) or ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC (www.asus.com) or ASUSTek Computer (www.asus.com).

Description: HControl.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HControl.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 110,592 bytes (30% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes and 11 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/hcontrol.exe.html 
There is no file information. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders). It is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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

HotKeysCmds
   
It came installed with my sony vaio Laptop... it's supposed to enable additional keys
  robert  
It's a Software That Enables Hotkey Commands (Programmable) Linked in Additional Keys Often External From Keyboards. Used on Notebooks
  Vash_T.S.  
It's Also Used for OSD Commands
  Vash_T.S.  
came also with some Samsung Notebooks... just for the Hotkeys
  Coalminer   (further information)
After 7 months using my new Sony VAIO, something changed on my system (don't know what) and now Hcontrol.exe causes Outlook Express to open every time Windows starts up. Not harmful, but irritating nevertheless. When hcontrol.exe is disabled my hotkeys still work, as far as I can tell...
  chris  
Empfohlen bei Asus Notebook
  Fred  
Installed on Asus Laptops, provides short-cut keys (Function Key + Function Numbers) to useful features such as turning wireless on/off etc.
  Marcus Smith  
I can't launch the Internet Explorer anymore - other ATK driver installed but that didn't help.
  Marieke  
might be a hotkey driver problem...
  noname  
nix gefährliches
  niemand  
Sony Laptop. After upgrade to SP2 Outlook Express started automatically; now the same thing happens after adding Microsoft updates. I will disable it and see if the problem is cured.
  Robin M.  
I have an Asus Notebook, and somehow hcontrol.exe at times uses 100% of my CPU speed, which is irritating...
   
I had the same problem with, and result of fix suggested for, my Sony Vaio as Chris did. It started immediately after installing XP Service Pack 2. Running msconfig startup and enabling items one at a time revealed the problem.
  Frank McD  
not essential...unless you want the button to turn wireless on/off to work
  jvn  
CPU spikes to 100% under certain conditions, but unsure how to replicate conditions
  Sir Lulz  
I have it on my Asus Laptop. Sometimes it hangs and uses 100% of CPU. I keep a backup and replace it once in a while, this solves the problem for a few months.
  Gregoris  
Alot, enough to know it's 100% trustworthy, because the Company: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC (www.asus.com) or ATK.Hcontrol.exe is a Windows file created by ASUSTek Computer.
  Jindra vd Paverd   (further information)
Asus laptop utility for hotkeys
  Ian  
ATK Hotkey
   
It enables secondary use of keys on laptops.
  Lo que sabe   (further information)

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HControl.exe: based on 25 votes with 21 user comments. 12 users think HControl.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks HControl.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 5 users don't grade HControl.exe ("not sure about it").


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Best practices for resolving HControl issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HControl. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 HControl.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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