What is HWDeviceService.exe?

The genuine HWDeviceService.exe file is a software component of FindDevice by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd..
Huawei Technologies, a mainland Chinese company involved in providing broadband Internet service and USB modem sticks to nearly one-third of the world, includes this Windows service that starts at Windows bootup in its Virgin Mobile Broadband software installation, (popular in Australia, the USA, and Indonesia), and probably the software from other ISPs also. It can be uninstalled by selecting "Utility Common Driver" or "EMSC" under the Control Panel's "Uninstall a Program" option. This version is for 32-bit Windows. It pops up an Autorun window for the user to interface with DCSHOST digital rights management software when it is encountered on a mobile device attached to or paired with the computer, or on a website. DCSHOST is sometimes used by photo gallery software on smartphones and digital cameras, as well as websites with galleries. Huawei is located in Shenzhen in Guangdong province in mainland China and is reputed to have close ties to China's military, causing some governments to prohibit use of their products for official communications.

HwDeviceService stands for Huawei Mobile Device Autorun Service

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 HWDeviceService.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.

Click to Run a Free Scan for HWDeviceService.exe related errors

HWDeviceService.exe file information

The process known as DCSHOST belongs to software HWDeviceService or Utility Common Driver by HUAWEI Technologies Co. ( or Huawei Technologies Co. (

Description: HWDeviceService.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HWDeviceService.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 271,712 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 264,704 bytes, 276,048 bytes or 270,176 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is a Verisign signed file. HWDeviceService.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 47% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with HWDeviceService.exe, you can also uninstall Utility Common Driver software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

Recommended: Identify HWDeviceService.exe related errors

If HWDeviceService.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 35% dangerous. The file size is 271,712 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 264,704 bytes, 276,048 bytes, 292,352 bytes or 270,176 bytes. The program has no visible window. The HWDeviceService.exe file is not a Windows core file. The HWDeviceService.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. HWDeviceService.exe is able to monitor applications.

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

I have one huawey device (USB wireless stick attached to my laptop)
  Oldman Larry  
used by reliance data dongle for 3g connection to internet via usb
Used & installed by Optus USB 3G WiFi Modem
  G. Swan  
I have a USB 3G device made by Huawei, after uninstalling the software i saw a warning in the Event Log reffering to the .exe file. After restarting the PC, the error dissapeared.
  Ciprian   (further information)

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

Do you have additional information? Help other users!
What do you know about HWDeviceService.exe:
How would you rate it:
Link for more info:
Your Name:

Best practices for resolving HWDeviceService issues

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

Other processes

HWDeviceService.exe [all]