What is HDAudPropShortcut.exe?

The genuine HDAudPropShortcut.exe file is a software component of High Definition Audio Property Page Shortcut by Microsoft.
The file is a process belonging to the Universal Audio Architecture (UAA) High Definition Audio class driver which is available on Windows 2000 and afterwards. Microsoft is an American multinational corporation with headquarters in Washington. The company develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite and Internet Explorer web browser.

HDAudPropShortcut stands for High Definition Audio Property Page Shortcut

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 HDAudPropShortcut.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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HDAudPropShortcut.exe file information

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

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

Description: HDAudPropShortcut.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file HDAudPropShortcut.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 61,952 bytes (86% of all occurrences), 35,332 bytes, 61,464 bytes or 30,208 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. It is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HDAudPropShortcut.exe, for example TROJ_UNRUY.SMT (detected by TrendMicro), and Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Cycler.jcf (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the HDAudPropShortcut.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

Realtek audio card related . This is a valid program but it is not required to run on startup
  veecou   (further information)
hdaudpropshortcut.exe is related to Realtek audio card, adds the odd feature to one of the "Sounds" Control Panel applet tabs

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Summary: Average user rating of HDAudPropShortcut.exe: based on 6 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving HDAudPropShortcut issues

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