What is hls32svc.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 hls32svc.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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Hls32svc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hls32svc
Hls32svc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HL-Server Service for Windows NT/2k/XP or HL-Server Service for Windows NT and (version W2K) belongs to software HL-Server Service or HL-Server Win32 or David Information Server by Aladdin Knowledge Systems Germany ( or Aladdin Knowledge Systems (

Description: Hls32svc.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file hls32svc.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 327,680 bytes (57% of all occurrences), 335,872 bytes, 509,952 bytes or 452,096 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is an unknown file in the Windows folder. It is not a Windows system file. The program listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Hls32svc.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 69% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with hls32svc.exe, you can also uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramDavid Information Server.

Recommended: Identify hls32svc.exe related errors

Important: Some malware disguises itself as hls32svc.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hls32svc.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

Diese Datei installiert einen Hardlock-Server der Firma Aladdin. Dieser erstellt einen Dienst, der es den Clients in einem Netzwerk ermöglicht, eine Dongle (Hardlock) mit mehreren Nutzerlizenzen zu finden.
  remarque   (further information)
hls32svc.exe is a license key manager. It accesses either a local hardware key or a hardware key on a known server (identified in a .ini file). Activity from this service should be limited to sending and receiving verification messages related to the license of some software you are using during the time you are using that software, but it does seem to occassionally try to reach its licensing server even at times where the related licensed software is not in use.

Summary: Average user rating of hls32svc.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks hls32svc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving hls32svc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hls32svc. 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 hls32svc.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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