What is Hwapi.exe

McAfee HackerWatch Service - McAfee HackerWatch Service - McAfee, Inc.

File description

Hwapi.exe with description McAfee HackerWatch Service is a process file from company McAfee, Inc. belonging to product McAfee HackerWatch Service.
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What is hwapi.exe?
This is a process associated with the McAfee HackerWatch Service. This program is installed as part of some McAfee security software packages.

This process is not essential to the proper operation of the system; however, you should not terminate it unless it is causing problems. By terminating it, you will lose some of the functionality of your McAfee products. If you wish to disable this process permanently, you should uninstall your McAfee software.

Dangers of hwapi
As this is a relatively common process that exists any system with McAfee software, 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 but be stored somewhere other than in a McAfee-related subdirectory of %ProgramFiles% or %ProgramFiles%\Common Files. Other malware may use a name that appears similar to it but with slight differences in spelling or with appended digits. The following malware is known to disguise itself as mcagent.exe:
  • W32/Rbot (%SystemRoot%)
    • This is a backdoor Trojan horse that includes functionality to run a number of different types of servers, including a proxy server (allowing an attacker to use your computer for malicious purposes) and an SMTP server (for the attacker to send spam or copies of the Trojan)
There will typically be no more than one instance of this process running at any given time. The presence of multiple instances may be indicative of a malware infection. Furthermore, if you do not have any McAfee software installed, the presence of this executable is a likely sign of infection.

Common problems
  • This file is missing
    • This is likely to occur if a virus deletes it. Reboot into safe mode, reinstall your McAfee software, and run a virus scan.
  • This process uses 100% of the CPU
    • This can occur if there is a conflict with other security software installed on your computer. Try disabling any other security software you have installed.
    • If the problem persists, try reinstalling your McAfee software.

Automatic startup locations

001 Running Processes
010 Installed services

Digital signatures found for this file

6 McAfee, Inc. - VeriSign Time Stamping Services Signer

MD5 security rating in our database

7 files (Safe and digitally signed)
All versions of this file in our database are safe.
(Note that this is no guarantee that the file on your computer is safe)
Warning: Some malware might rename itself to hwapi.exe. Always make sure that your file is from a verified publisher.

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