What is hfp.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 hfp.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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Hfp.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hfp
Hfp.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as hfp.exe belongs to software HFP Service by unknown.

Description: Hfp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file hfp.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 215,364 bytes (66% of all occurrences), 215,384 bytes or 288,165 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It is not a Windows core file. Hfp.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 75% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name hfp.exe, for example Spyware.EmailSpy (detected by Symantec), and HKTL_HIDEFILE.A (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the hfp.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

Hide Files is a programme which enables the user to hide files and folders
  Rommel   (further information)
hpf.exe is resident file associated with file/folder hiding program "Hide Files".
  Atul   (further information)
hfp and hpf seem to be getting mixed up here. I was getting random audio popups (it was some television channel's audio) and it would just start blaring now and then from my computer. The only service running was Hpf.exe - I terminated the process and the audio stopped in mid-sentence. That's Hpf with a capital H. It is definitely not a wanted process. I deleted it from my computer.
  Russell Derthick  
hfp is an execute file from the company This execute file will show itself as a runnin process an indicate unknown when searching for it in msconfig by temporarially hiding the microsoft running processes. However it is not a microsoft process and you will not find it running on a normal clean installed XP setup. It may be on your computer if you received this computer from someone or is not your computer.It is not a dangerous program but is sometimes found by antivirus software. For example "counter spy" will find it and remove it. Needless to say this program was installed by someone, but not remotely installed and the objective is to hide files per the installer.

Summary: Average user rating of hfp.exe: based on 3 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think hfp.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving hfp issues

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