What is HiPatchService.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 HiPatchService.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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HiPatchService.exe file information

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

The process known as HiPatchService or HiPathService

belongs to software Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and or Tribes Ascend or InstallShieldHiRezCurrent or Tribes Ascend Closed or Hi-Rez Studios Games or Tribes Ascend Open or HiPatch or Smite Closed or Global Agenda Live

by Hi-Rez Studios.

Description: HiPatchService.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. HiPatchService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in C:\ or in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 8,704 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 9,216 bytes, 9,728 bytes or 23,680 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. It is not a Windows system file. HiPatchService.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to turn to the software company, Hi-RezStudios, for advice or uninstall Hi-Rez Studios Authenticate and or Smite software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify HiPatchService.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HiPatchService.exe. Therefore, you should check the HiPatchService.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

Patcher for Tribes: Ascend
  Lol   (further information)
Patch service for Tribes or other games by HighRez Studio's. No threat but should look like this: HiPatchService.exe
I was having high latency issues, I uninstalled and the high ping stoped
Opens without my permission and hogs a lot of resources
SMITE , Tribes Ascend or Global Agenda updater
patch service for tribes ascend, it hogs resourcees so don't forget to uninstall tribes ascend after you're bored of it
It's a rootkit/scanning software that HiRez installs on your machine when you install the game.
It is HiRez's anti-cheating software. It (officially) runs in the background and scans your memory for ("illegal") cheating software. In reality, it runs at startup (without autorization) and continuously wastes computer resources (CPU time, RAM) for scanning your computer and sends back the results to HiRez (assumed).
generates tons of lag
It has access the internet without my say so on firewall.
Bloody useless, you can shut it dwon w/ task manager. idk why it needs 200mb/s for access to my hard drive
  A Smite User  

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HiPatchService.exe: based on 19 votes with 11 user comments. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 3 users think HiPatchService.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving HiPatchService issues

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