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.

Step 1: Download and install Comodo Antivirus.

Step 2: Installation configuration frames will be displayed. Select the configuration you would like to apply.

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Step 4: Restart your PC.

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Step 6: Initiate a quick scan that instantly begins after the update.

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: 14 October 2010 at 9:11 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 N/A Executable 0e043153b1e1778e
671617fbee5b8f45
a961dc13
de38367f3c6fa4b7
a4356e45ab3d0a38
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No N/A N/A Russian Federation N/A
3 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable b6bff616f25c9ba6
f537216df15a9552
077ec33a
2b428a5565f815b9
0b78fa9059c68570
Virus.Win32.
Sality.gen
No 2.86.25233 2.86.25233 Germany N/A
4 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable a1c8061e034a2642
d788357c42ef3f60
6ac6fee7
82b69c48573ea1ee
4394f34fc1de496d
Virus.Win32.
Virut.CD
No 2.64.22175 2.64.22175 Australia N/A
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Safe Entries

First Seen: 12 June 2008 at 11:03 am
No. Company File Type SHA1 MD5 Digitally
Signed
File
Version
Product
Version
Submitted
From
1 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable ed9d8469c77181ba
017c1551d815b131
5d122ee2
4fe2e05cad2fbf5b
c4dcd4b0674f0a63
Yes 2.99.28223 2.99.28223 Italy
2 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable d6d2361a8144e3a3
72b75770f39faf9e
21707398
dc585e83d130ce86
ee7a4867b5b40b45
No 2.74.24178 2.74.24178 United States
3 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable 40c88a9b25545d74
f2ac245d33853534
ffe7b515
3f1bf7a0707b79b1
8b5108f6ed0c3d22
No 2.40.19320 2.40.19320 Internal Submission
4 Hauppauge Computer Works Executable d66661f4ef1ee726
2401ab8dbb108f6a
707bf95d
e8e8fdd1adc415f7
95acd1fd8f522462
Yes 2.98.28119 2.98.28119 United States
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