What is htpatch.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 htpatch.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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Htpatch.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with htpatch
Htpatch.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The htpatch.exe process contains no information about the creator.

Description: Htpatch.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Htpatch.exe is located in the C:\Windows folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 28,672 bytes (99% of all occurrences) or 204,800 bytes. 
There is no information about the author of the file. It is not a Windows core file. The program starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\RunOnceEx). The program has no visible window. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 78% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

file is not detected as an infection by almost all antivirus softwares. BUT by purging the file from many systems helps me terminate many issues like slow systems. also i noticed that many systems infected by a spyware are containing the htpatch.exe file. One of the system i fixed was fixed by renaming a copy of any txt file by htpatch.exe right after deleting the real .exe file. the spyware just stop regenarating after that manipulation of the htpatch.exe file.
  steve c.  
Zwalnia komputer! Po wyłączeniu procesu przez komęde MSCONFIG wszystko powruciło do normy. Przed wyłączeniem komędy komputer wyłączał się "godzine"
I agree with Mirek's assessment of nuisance factor. Search your mainboard's AGP driver installer folders for "HTpatch*" There may be a "HTuninst.exe" file in the same folder. Run the HTuninst.exe to cleanly uninstall HTpatch.exe references from the windows registry. C:\windows\htpatch.exe file will not be deleted but that is harmless to leave around. My P4S8X mainboard drivers were downloaded from
  Chris B.   (further information)
if you dont have hyperthreading, it does nothing. it just sits there and takes up ram. it might slow down your comptuer a tad if you dont have a lot of ram. thats about it.
it is a agp driver for a sis motherboard but if you dont have a pentium then it can cause problems with internet explorer and windows media player.
NOD32 scan ok
  Ron Nelson  
HTPatch doesn't work correct !!! If used, DOS applications in fullscreen mode hang immediately (sure valid for Celeron(=no hyperthreading support),WinXP,SP2)
Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Pro 5.0.20 says "it is a risky software and includes a virus
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of htpatch.exe: based on 42 votes with 9 reviews. 20 users think htpatch.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. 6 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 10 users suspect danger. 4 users think htpatch.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade htpatch.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving htpatch issues

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