What does the hardcopy.exe file do?
The hardcopy.exe process is also known as Hardcopy - Drucken Fenster/Bildschirminhalt, Print Window/Screen and is a part of Hardcopy für Windows. This software is produced by sw4you, Siegfried Weckmann (www.sw4you.com). An obsolete or defective version of hardcopy.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- Hardcopy has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- Hardcopy has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available. (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- hardcopy.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close. (Windows XP)
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module hardcopy.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about hardcopy.exe Hardcopy
hardcopy.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Hardcopy.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 3,541,504 bytes (16% of all these files), 1,093,632 bytes as well as 4 other variants.
The program appears as a small tray icon. You will find it on the Windows taskbar next to the clock. If you don't see the tray icon, click the white (<) symbol. It can read anything that you enter on the keyboard. The hardcopy file is not part of the Windows operating system. Hardcopy.exe is capable of interpret keystrokes. For this reason, 78% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
If you see this file on your hard drive or in Windows Task Manager, please make sure that it is not a malicious variant. It's a fact that many trojans try to cloak their true identity by calling themselves hardcopy.exe. With the above information or by using tools like Security Task Manager you can determine if, in your case, the file is an undesirable variant.
What do other computer users say about hardcopy?
|Screenshotutility (further information...) |
|Registered user since 2000. No problem. |
|ScreenShot of your screen (utility) |
|Spitzentool Freeware |
|Super ScreenShot Programm |
|Tolles Tool. Unbedenklich |
Summary: 7 users judge hardcopy.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net
How to uninstall Hardcopy für Windows
To remove Hardcopy from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
- Click Control Panel.
- Click Uninstall a program.
- Look for Hardcopy für Windows in the list of available programs.
- Click Uninstall.
How to tell if hardcopy.exe (Hardcopy) was uninstalled cleanly
After uninstalling, restart your computer. Then start Windows Explorer and see if there is still a folder with the name of the software under C:\Program Files. Be sure to check the Registry as well for remnants of Hardcopy. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for Hardcopy or the name of the producer. Always keep in mind that only a computer professional should ever directly delete entries in the Windows Registry.
What to do if a program does not uninstall
The easiest way to remove any kind of software cleanly and accurately is to use an uninstaller tool. Because the uninstaller automatically creates a backup, there is no risk of anything going wrong.
Last but not least
If Windows not working quite right for you, or if startup is taking a long time, or hardcopy.exe is causing problems for you, a good Windows diagnostic tool may very well help. This is especially effective when it comes to older computers that have accumulated vast quantities of "garbage data" as the result of many software installs and uninstalls.