What is Ir.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 Ir.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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Ir.exe file information

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

The process known as Hauppauge WinTV Infrared Remote or IR belongs to software Hauppauge WinTV Infrared Remote or Hauppauge Computer Works IR by Hauppauge Computer Works (

Description: Ir.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file Ir.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 110,647 bytes (72% of all occurrences), 106,551 bytes, 117,344 bytes, 102,455 bytes or 115,816 bytes. 
There is no description of the program. The file is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The process starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You may want to uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHauppauge WinTV Infrared Remote or Hauppauge German Help Files and Resources.

Recommended: Identify Ir.exe related errors

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

Hauppauge Computer Works IR infrarotmodul
Fernbedienung für Hauppauge TV-Karte
WinTV Remote Contrller
fernbedienung von hauppauge tv karte
Ist die Infrarot-Fernbedienungssoftware von Hauppauge, wenn man zur Kontrolle die IR im Systemtray unten ausschaltet, ist diese Anwendung beendet, dann ist sie definitiv gut!
für die ansteurung der haupauge fernbedinung
Hauppauge Computer Works IR for Infrared remote controll
  Olliweb   (further information)

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Summary: Average user rating of Ir.exe: based on 8 votes with 7 user comments. 7 users think Ir.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving Ir issues

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

To help you analyze the Ir.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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