What is HDAShCut.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 HDAShCut.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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HDAShCut.exe file information

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

The process known as High Definition Audio Property Page Shortcut (version v1.0a) belongs to software Microsoft Windows Operating System or High Definition Audio Property Page Shortcut by Windows® Server ( (version 2003 DDK provider).

Description: HDAShCut.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file HDAShCut.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 61,952 bytes (98% of all occurrences) or 135,680 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The HDAShCut.exe file is not a Windows system file. It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as HDAShCut.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HDAShCut.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

High Definition Audio Property
hdashcut.exe is a process which belongs to the Microsoft Windows Operating System. This program is non-essential process to the running of the program, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
RunDll32 cmicnfg.cpl,CMICtrlWnd
win file gives extra functionality to sound, completely useless memory hag CAN be disabled
idk what it is but half of the .exe that i look up,say that ther is a chance that it could be a virus ,ext.ext so i cnat tell any more im gona just stop a hole shit load of proccses an go from ther
RealTek Audio file...
HDAShCut.exe is from Sound card driver, HighDefinitionAudio

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HDAShCut.exe: based on 15 votes with 7 user comments. 7 users think HDAShCut.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks HDAShCut.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 4 users don't grade HDAShCut.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving HDAShCut issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HDAShCut. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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

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