What is hf.exe?

The genuine hf.exe file is a software component of Hide Folders by FSPro Labs.
Hf.exe is an executable file that is responsible for running the Hide Folders program, an application that turns folders invisible with password protected security. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. Hide Folders is a program that turns folders invisible with password protected security. The program provides support for NTFS, FAT32 and FAT volumes. The hidden folder remain hidden regardless of whether the program remains installed on the system or if the system is booted into safe mode. Even if the folders are stored on an external drive, connecting it to another computer will not reveal them. FSPro Labs is a Russian company that develops software products for the Windows platform for home as well as business users. It currently also develops security products such as, My Lockbox and Cryptic Disk. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Taganrog, Russia.

HF stands for Hide Folders

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 hf.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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Hf.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hf
Hf.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Hide Folders (version 2012 Control Panel, 2009 Control Panel) belongs to software Hide Folders (version 2012, 2009 3.1 for Windows) by FSPro Labs (

Description: Hf.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hf.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,926,656 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 1,681,184 bytes and 5 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. It is digitally signed. Hf.exe is able to monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 45% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHide Folders 2009 3.1 for Windows or Hide Folders 2009 3.2 for Windows, visit the support page or update the program.

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If hf.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows, the security rating is 94% dangerous. The file size is 3,260,416 bytes. The hf.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. The program is not visible. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). The file is not a Windows system file. Hf.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hf.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Mal/EncPk-ZM (detected by Sophos), and Artemis!0CC27BB44C0D (detected by McAfee). Therefore, you should check the hf.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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Best practices for resolving hf issues

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