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 HWMonitor.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.
Description: HWMonitor.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The HWMonitor.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files".
Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,305,208 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 2,201,304 bytes.
The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. HWMonitor.exe is not a Windows system file. HWMonitor.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 6% dangerous.
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If HWMonitor.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 18% dangerous. The file size is 1,374,696 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 761,856 bytes. The file is not a Windows core file. HWMonitor.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs.
Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HWMonitor.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HWMonitor.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HWMonitor. 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.
To help you analyze the HWMonitor.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.