What is S3apphk.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 S3apphk.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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S3apphk.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with S3apphk
S3apphk.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process S3apphk.exe has no company information.

Description: S3apphk.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The S3apphk.exe file is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 28,672 bytes. 
The S3apphk.exe file is a file with no information about its developer. The file is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). The program has no visible window. It can change the behavior of other programs or manipulate other programs. S3apphk.exe is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 68% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as S3apphk.exe. Therefore, you should check the S3apphk.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

Seems ok, but the text in file makes me a bit suspicious...
s3apphk.exe is a file created by S3 Graphics Inc. and is a part of S3 Video.

Summary: Average user rating of S3apphk.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks S3apphk.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving S3apphk issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with S3apphk. 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 S3apphk.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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