What is hid.exe?

The genuine hid.exe file is a software component of Alps Pointing-Device Driver by Alps Electric Co..
Alps Pointing-Device Driver enable the functioning of mice. Hid.exe launches processes that monitor external interface devices. This file may be automatically installed on plugging in mice manufactured by various OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) such as ASUS, A4Tech, QPad, and HP. This is not an essential Windows process and can be disabled if known to create problems. Alps Electric Co. is a Japanese company that manufactures electronics. The company was founded in 1948 as Kataoka Electric Co. It has produced over 40,000 kinds of electronic components, such as encoders, potentiometers, switches, sensors, and touchpads, for thousands of device manufacturers such as Sony, Toshiba and Dell. Alps Electric Co. is currently headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

HID stands for Human Interface Device Driver

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 hid.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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Hid.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hid
Hid.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as ASUS ROG Gaming Mouse hid or hid MFC Application or mousehid MFC Application or ASUS ROG Macrokey Hid or ASUS ROG Gaming Mouse (version GX850 hid) or HP OMEN Gaming Mouse hid

belongs to software ASUS ROG Gaming Mouse (version GX850) or hid Application or mousehid Application or ASUS ROG MacroKey or HP OMEN Gaming Mouse

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Description: Hid.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file hid.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 463,872 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 466,944 bytes and 17 more variants. 
Hid.exe is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). There is no file information. The program is not visible. Hid.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 56% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with hid.exe, you can also uninstall the software ASUS ROG Gaming Mouse or Drakonia Configurator using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware also uses the file name hid.exe, for example Trojan:Win32/Orsam!rts (detected by Microsoft), and TSPY_OBFUSCA.HAF (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the hid.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

A4Tech X7 Anti-Vibrate Lazer Mouse
hid.exe erscheint nach der installation der Treiber CD für die Spielemouse DRAKONIA (Sharkoon)
  WAZ   (further information)
QPad gaming keyboard application/driver
If you are using an asus rog computer, then this is needed but still not mandatory. Otherwise it is pointless, but not trojan. It's mandatory if you would like to use a gaming mouse with your computer.

Summary: Average user rating of hid.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. One user thinks hid.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks hid.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving hid issues

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