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What is hotcore?

The genuine hotcore.sys file is a software component of HotBackup by Paragon Software Group.
This is the Paragon Hotcore driver which provides backup and copy functionality for locked volumes. It is an alternative to Windows VSS (Windows Shadow) copy methods (copying files that are locked because they are being used) which might be faster on Windows 2000 or XP systems.

HotCore stands for HotCore Backup helper driver

Hotcore.sys is a Windows driver. A driver is a small software program that allows your computer to communicate with hardware or connected devices. This means that a driver has direct access to the internals of the operating system, hardware etc. The free file information forum can help you determine if hotcore.sys is a Windows system file or if it belongs to an application that you can trust.

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Hotcore.sys file information

The process known as Hotbackup helper driver belongs to software HotBackup by Paragon Software Group (www.paragon-software.com).

Description: Hotcore.sys is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hotcore.sys is located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 18,208 bytes (60% of all occurrences), 30,820 bytes or 17,456 bytes. http://www.file.net/process/hotcore.sys.html 
The driver can be started or stopped from Services in the Control Panel or by other programs. The program has no visible window. The service has no detailed description. The hotcore.sys file is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify hotcore.sys related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as hotcore.sys, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32\drivers folder. Therefore, you should check the hotcore.sys 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

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  Mac  
This is the Paragon Hotcore driver which provides backup and copy functionality for locked volumes. It is an alternative to Windows VSS (Windows Shadow) copy methods (ie. copying files that are locked because they are being used) which might be faster on Windows 2000 or XP systems.
  Rody Thauvin  

Summary: Average user rating of hotcore.sys: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think hotcore.sys is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless.


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Best practices for resolving hotcore issues

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