What is hkcmd.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 hkcmd.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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Hkcmd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hkcmd
Hkcmd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as hkcmd Module or baba belongs to software Intel® Common User Interface or Intel Poulsbo Drivers for Windows NT or Intel® LDDM Ultra Mobile Media or SgqZZMNn or Intel R Common User Interface by Intel ( or BABA.

Description: Hkcmd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hkcmd.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 77,824 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 126,976 bytes and 147 more variants. 
Hkcmd.exe is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In the event of any problems with hkcmd.exe, you can remove the entire program Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator or Macintosh Drivers for Windows using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hkcmd.exe, for example Virus:Win32/Virut.EPO or Program:Win32/CoinMiner (detected by Microsoft), and W32.Virut.CF or Trojan.Gen.2 (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the hkcmd.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

The real one is harmless, but unnecessary. There ARE other "versions" out there that are malware and spyware, be aware of those.
Normal Process for Windows Hotkeys
A safe but not necessary app to start "hot keys" when computer starts. Users choice, personally I Don't use.
I think it is something like a virus becuse i had a lot of maleware and when i removed the malware it was gone, my friend also had malware and he also had hkcmd.exe This was MY opinion. But im 80% sure that its something with the intel or a normal process. If you have this, dont worry. Just use malware bytes or some other antivirus scanner to find out if its dangerus. hkcmd.exe
It is just a hotkey interpreter, hkcmd literally stands for "hot key command"
My computer has recently been restarting itself without warning. hkcmd.exe has also been appearing on start task manager even if I didn't even download it!
Intel hot key driver. Repeated asking for install upon startup while restoring a Toshiba laptop. Finally renamed it (in /system32/) and fixed the error.
When using Oracle Beehive with Outlook, this process prevents the profile wizard from executing (while needing priviledged rights). So hkcmd.exe must be preliminarily terminated for the procedure.
  Bernd P, THN  
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hkcmd.exe: based on 265 votes with 9 reviews. 109 users think hkcmd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 18 users think it's probably harmless. 60 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 32 users suspect danger. 46 users think hkcmd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 28 users don't grade hkcmd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hkcmd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hkcmd. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 hkcmd.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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