What is ProcessHacker.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 ProcessHacker.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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ProcessHacker.exe file information

The process known as Process Hacker belongs to software Process Hacker by wj32.

Description: ProcessHacker.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ProcessHacker.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 1,719,840 bytes (25% of all occurrences), 1,448,280 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. The ProcessHacker.exe file is not a Windows system file. It is certified by a trustworthy company. The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. ProcessHacker.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 7% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall Process Hacker, update it, or get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on for support, or click on Process Hacker in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs category) to uninstall it.

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If ProcessHacker.exe is located in the Windows folder for temporary files, the security rating is 50% dangerous. The file size is 526,680 bytes. The program is not visible. It is not a Windows core file. ProcessHacker.exe appears to be a compressed file.

If ProcessHacker.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder, the security rating is 74% dangerous. The file size is 1,464,352 bytes. The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. The application starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: Run). It is not a Windows core file. ProcessHacker.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs, monitor applications and manipulate other programs.

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


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Best practices for resolving ProcessHacker issues

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