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 (37% of all occurrences), 126,976 bytes and 141 more variants. 
Hkcmd.exe is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, MACHINE\RunServices, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, DEFAULT\Run). The program has no visible window. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 34% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
In the event of any problems with hkcmd.exe, you can remove the entire program PHP or Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hkcmd.exe, for example Program:Win32/CoinMiner or TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan.Gen.2 or WS.Reputation.1 (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

Possibly glitchy Intel program, little use. Removal suggested if your computer is having problems, or if you're suspicious of suspicious programs.
Stop Complaining about your wndow 95s My Windows 7 Starter NETBOOK it uses only 116K and is 3 from the bottom.
hkcmd Module/ hkcm.exe is NOT dangerous - its a software component (applet) in some versions of INTEL's graphics chipset - allows configuration of hot-key cmd. Its not a virus, spyware, malware or key logger. Its not a driver (but its a part of the graphics driver) & its not linked to any browser. Its useful to those who WANT to use it but its not necessary to run your OS. FYI-ALL viruses can be named ANYTHING ok? You should only have ONE the correct location is Windows/System32/hkcmd.exe. If you have more than 1 then yes its probably a virus. If you have only 1 & still have problems its likely because you incorrectly changed a setting on your pc. If its sucking up all your RAM its NOT a BUG, its due to NOT having enough RAM so get more. You can disable it in either CP/GMA Driver or msconfig/startup. NEVER delete it or attempt to disable it in your REGISTRY. Do NOT listen to D. Davidson who said delete System32 folder....outrageous misinformation
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Intel Graphic Driver hotkey
H hot K key CMD command. right click on the desktop, choose properties or graphics properties or what ever, settings, advanced, the intel tab, the graphics button from there. then uncheck the box. its just enables a few keyboard codes that either bring you to that menu, or about there, and spin you display. no reason to not turn it off in msconfig or uncheck the box.
Go to task manager and see properties of this one, if it has some strange Product descriptions like writings on strange language or words letters without meaning DISABLE IT!!!! it is a spyware
I use my computer mostly for gaming thus I'm afraid to turn this "function" off as I'm afraid it my mess with my awesome gaming graphics.
Uses 100% system resources. Kick it to the curb fast.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hkcmd.exe: based on 252 votes with 9 reviews. 102 users think hkcmd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 17 users think it's probably harmless. 56 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 32 users suspect danger. 45 users think hkcmd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 27 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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