How to remove the hwclock virus

Most antivirus programs identify hwclock.exe as malware—e.g. TrendMicro identifies it as BKDR_SDBOT.GAA, and Microsoft identifies it as Backdoor:Win32/Small.BX.

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Hwclock.exe file information

The process known as hwclock.exe appears to belong to software Hardware Clock Driver by unknown.

Description: Hwclock.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hwclock.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 6,694 bytes. 
It is a file with no information about its developer. The program has no visible window. Hwclock.exe is an unknown file in the Windows folder. The file is not a Windows system file. The program uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Hwclock.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 86% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify hwclock.exe related errors

Important: You should check the hwclock.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

Connectet ständig zu IPs, überträgt vermutlich Daten, Keys usw. Bisher noch keine Möglichkeit gefunden hwclock.exe zu löschen! Tiny Personal Firewall und Security Task Manager zeigen diese Datei unter /windows/system32/hwclock.exe an, doch tatsächlich ist sie dort nicht auffindbar!
Nothing much but i will say it's very very important for windows, i heard about it from a friend i tried it, and it's ok. although when i heard about it i taught it's a big deal but when i downloaded it, I GOT THE WORLD IN MY PALM.
  Chibuoke Ezeh   (further information)
Trojaner. Googelt mal nach W32/Hwbot.

Summary: Average user rating of hwclock.exe: based on 4 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks hwclock.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think hwclock.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving hwclock issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active hwclock process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the hwclock.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

Other processes

hwclock.exe [all]