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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 (www.valvesoftware.com).

Description: Hlds.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hlds.exe is located in a subfolder of Windows folder for temporary files or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 401,408 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/hlds.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. The software listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. The hlds.exe file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify hlds.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hlds.exe. 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.

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User Comments

This is the Half-Life dedicated server. Half-Life is a game.
  Tim N   (further information)
its a virus on my computer
  devin  
executable out of date
  slyver  
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. One user is not sure about 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 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 hlds.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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