What is IntelCpHeciSvc.exe?

The genuine IntelCpHeciSvc.exe file is a software component of Intel® HD Graphics by Intel Corporation.
This Windows service is installed with the drivers of Intel® HD Graphics cards. It normally resides in "C:\Windows\SysWow64". In other locations it is likely to be disguised malware. It can be disabled under "Services" in "msconfig." It provides communication between Windows and the Content Protection firmware in the HD Graphics cards that enables playback of BluRay™ and other premium video formats. If it is disabled the system will be unable to play BluRay™ and other premium video but the user's own video content and YouTube™ videos can still be played. Intel Corporation was founded in 1968 by two former Fairchild engineers. Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, USA, it maintains a commitment to innovation in the semiconductor industry.

IntelCPHECISvc stands for Intel® Content Protection HECI 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 IntelCpHeciSvc.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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IntelCpHeciSvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with IntelCpHeciSvc
IntelCpHeciSvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as IntelCpHeciSvc Executable belongs to software IntelCpHeciSvc Executable or Intel® Content Protection HECI Service by Intel (

Description: IntelCpHeciSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file IntelCpHeciSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 291,744 bytes (18% of all occurrences), 299,488 bytes and 27 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The file has a digital signature. The IntelCpHeciSvc.exe file is not a Windows system file. The file is a Microsoft signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 3% dangerous.

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If IntelCpHeciSvc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, the security rating is 4% dangerous. The file size is 276,288 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 277,616 bytes, 280,680 bytes or 280,696 bytes. The IntelCpHeciSvc.exe file is a Microsoft signed file. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. IntelCpHeciSvc.exe is not a Windows system file.

If IntelCpHeciSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32, the security rating is 6% dangerous. The file size is 301,536 bytes (66% of all occurrences) or 310,256 bytes. The file is a Microsoft signed file. The program has no visible window. The IntelCpHeciSvc.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The file is not a Windows core file.

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

The Intel(R) Content Protection HECI Service is used to enable premium video playback (such as Blu-ray*) for Intel® HD Graphics. It does not collect any user information. Disabling the service will prevent certain types of premium video from playing on the system; however, unprotected video such as user-generated content and YouTube* videos will continue to play.
  Tom LaFleur   (further information)

Summary: Average user rating of IntelCpHeciSvc.exe: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving IntelCpHeciSvc issues

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

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