What is hlds.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 hlds.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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Hlds.exe file information

The process known as HLDS Launcher belongs to software HLDS Launcher or Counter-Strike by Valve (

Description: Hlds.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hlds.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 404,904 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 397,312 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The hlds.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. Therefore the technical security rating is 14% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to completely remove Counter-Strike (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If hlds.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\, the security rating is 16% dangerous. The file size is 393,216 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 466,944 bytes. The hlds.exe file is not a Windows core file. The program has a visible window.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hlds.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hlds.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

This is the Half-Life dedicated server. Half-Life is a game.
  Tim N   (further information)
its a virus on my computer
executable out of date
Dedicated Server for games based on Goldsrc or Source-based games.
  Julian   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of hlds.exe: based on 5 votes with 4 user comments. 2 users think hlds.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks hlds.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving hlds issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hlds. 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 repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, 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 hlds.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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