How to Remove “HCWCLEAR.EXE”

What is hcwclear.exe?

hcwclear.exe is a legitimate executable file developed by Hauppauge Computer Works. This process is known as clean out WinTV files and registry entries and it belongs to the hcwclear software. It is commonly stored in C:\Windows\System32\. Cybercriminals find ways to mimic malicious programs in the name of hcwclear.exe to spread malware infection.

Affected Platform: Windows OS

How to detect whether your system is affected by hcwclear.exe?

Viruses can easily affect and corrupt “.exe” files causing several system malfunctions. Below are the symptoms to check if your system is infected with the malware:

  • Problem during computer start-up.
  • Problem during program start-up.
  • Errors while running specific functions.
  • Damaged and missing link files.
  • Conflict in the process.
  • Missing or corrupted driver files.
  • Invalid Windows registry.
  • Hardware malfunction.

To further establish the infection of malware, take the following steps:

  • Go to Task Manager by pressing the combination of keys CTRL+ALT+DEL.
  • Go to the process tab and right-click on the hcwclear.exe file and open its location.

If the file is located outside C:\Windows\System32\  folder, then you should perform an antivirus scan to get rid of the malware infection.

How does Comodo Antivirus help you to protect your system from hcwclear.exe malware?

Comodo Antivirus protects your system from malware attacks and also removes any existing infections. Following are the steps to effectively purge out the hcwclear.exe malware from your system.

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Step 7: If the system is infected with hcwclear.exe malware or any other threats, you will be prompted with an alert screen upon scanning.

Step 8: Comodo Antivirus will remove hcwclear.exe malware from your computer including all other malwares!
 

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Malware Entries

First Seen: 25 November 2011 at 5:39 am
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Malware
Name
Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
Malware Behavior
1 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable dc272431a0e92985
bbbe1c11f4154e72
0235707f
61862e648668dbe0
abde8ffcd0d64b1b
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 2.103.2904
7
2.103.2904
7
France N/A
2 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable a1c8061e034a2642
d788357c42ef3f60
6ac6fee7
82b69c48573ea1ee
4394f34fc1de496d
Virus.Win32.
Virut.CD
No 2.64.22175 2.64.22175 Australia N/A
3 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable 226a1feb260b93af
a7c52203f265387f
807aee4f
c2796c7e4c7e2143
db0d5bb0d9e3b11d
Virus.Win32.
Virut.Ce
No 2.97.27056 2.97.27056 Indonesia N/A
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Safe Entries

First Seen: 23 February 2009 at 6:44 am
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable c342e0a5f1ac9fe4
c124a5276857f708
92ac5808
e93a418debb645e6
1c8ca710e4570082
No 2.9.17264 2.9.17264 Internal Submission
2 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable c4a01972d891247e
6c4d9dae70e0d6d5
85ec1594
9cd97be51727397a
bc40481724162e41
Yes 2.106.3108
5
2.106.3108
5
Internal Submission
3 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable bb3ea7c99148cd1b
cecb583c337db4f6
2015c7c1
17dfc3cc0ee52269
171d6f65b77a5bbf
Yes 2.78.24298 2.78.24298 United States
4 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable 9ef607ca10432bee
e26fd61f87d4f6ff
1f3f7db6
0279c215c3c75424
29b4349f4ccba400
Yes 2.108.3501
1
2.108.3501
1
United States
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