What is Hidserv.exe

HID Input Service - Microsoft(R) Windows (R) 2000 Operating System - Microsoft Corporation

File description

Hidserv.exe with description HID Input Service is a process file from company Microsoft Corporation belonging to product Microsoft(R) Windows (R) 2000 Operating System.
The file is digitally signed from Microsoft Windows 2000 Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Service
We do not recommend removing digitally signed files from Microsoft Windows 2000 Publisher

What is hidserv.exe?
This is the Microsoft Human Interface Device Server. Its purpose is to facilitate the functionality of USB audio devices and USB keyboards with audio-related hotkeys. It is included with most recent versions of Windows.

The execution of this process is not essential to the operation of the system but should not be disabled unless it is causing problems. By killing this process, you may lose the functionality of some or all of your USB multimedia devices. Do not delete this executable, as it is a system file, meaning the deletion of it could cause system instability.

Dangers of hidserv
As this is a legitimate system process that comes with most versions of Windows, it is common for virus writers and spyware vendors to disguise their malware as the genuine one.

Some malicious files may have the same name as this process but be stored somewhere other than in %SystemRoot%\System32. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to that of the legitimate one but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. The following malware is known to disguise itself as hidserv.exe:
  • Troj/Proxy-IL (%SystemRoot%\System32\hidserv.dll)
    • This is a Trojan that sets up a proxy server to allow malicious users to route their Internet traffic through your system.
There not should typically be more than one instance of this process running at a given time on a system. The presence of multiple instances may be an indicator of a malware infection.

Common problems
  • Error message indicating that this process has generated an error
    • This is known to occur when there is a malware infection on your system. Try running an anti-spyware application to see if the problem goes away. If the problem persists, and you do not use a USB audio device, you can safely disable this process in msconfig.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
002 Autorun registry entries local machine
003 Autorun registry entries Current User
010 Installed services

Digital signatures found for this file

9 Microsoft Windows 2000 Publisher - VeriSign Time Stamping Service
1 Microsoft Windows 2000 Publisher - NO LIABILITY ACCEPTED, (c)97 VeriSign, Inc.

MD5 security rating in our database

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6 files (Safe and not signed)
20 files (Safe and digitally signed)
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