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What is HotFixInstaller.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 HotFixInstaller.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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HotFixInstaller.exe file information

The process known as HOTIRON Hotfix Installer belongs to software Microsoft Visual Studio (version 2008) by Microsoft (www.microsoft.com).

Description: HotFixInstaller.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The HotFixInstaller.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\ or sometimes in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder. Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 321,888 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 318,816 bytes and 5 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/hotfixinstaller.exe.html 
The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows system file. HotFixInstaller.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify HotFixInstaller.exe related errors

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

Part of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 from Microsoft
  Leila  
Trusted: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  Sonya Finkey   (further information)
must have found a malware one came with a file called eula and multiplied itself several times bogging down my memory alot
  J.D.  
interface application between word and windows
  iddu  

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


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Best practices for resolving HotFixInstaller issues

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