What does the hlds.exe file do?
The hlds.exe process is also known as HLDS Launcher and is a part of HLDS Launcher. This software is produced by Valve (www.valvesoftware.com). An obsolete or defective version of hlds.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:
- HLDS Launcher has stopped working. Windows is checking for a solution to the problem... (Windows 10, 8, 7)
- HLDS Launcher 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)
- hlds.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- Access violation at address FFFFFFFF in module hlds.exe. Read of address 00000000.
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What you should know about hlds.exe HLDS Launcher
hlds.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. Hlds.exe is found in in a subdirectory of the Windows Temp folder or sometimes in a subdirectory of "C:\Users\USERNAME".
Frequently occurring are file sizes such as 401,408 bytes (85% of all these files) or, as the case may be, 402,000 bytes.
The application does not appear as a visible window, but only in Task Manager. The hlds file is not part of the Windows operating system. This hlds.exe process is connected to a server on the Internet or in your local network. For this reason, 83% of all experts consider this file to be a possible threat. The probability that it can cause harm is high.
- A hlds.exe file has a 0% certainty of being dangerous if it is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files". In this case, the file size is usually 404,904 bytes. The application has a visible window, and can be closed by clicking the red X button.. It possesses a digital signature from Verisign.com, which should confirm its trustworthiness. This file has a digital signature. This confirms that the producer has been registered with a certificate authority. The hlds file is not part of the Windows operating system. This process can initiate a network connection--either to the Internet or on your LAN.
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 hlds.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 hlds?
|This is the Half-Life dedicated server. Half-Life is a game. (further information...) |
|its a virus on my computer |
|executable out of date |
|Dedicated Server for games based on Goldsrc or Source-based games. (further information...) |
Summary: 2 users judge hlds.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. 2 users consider it harmless. For this reason, one user has already deleted hlds.exe. source: file.net
How to uninstall HLDS Launcher
To remove HLDS Launcher from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.
- Click the Windows Start Button. You find it in the lower left corner of the taskbar.
- Type the word uninstall.
- Click Add or remove programs.
- Now locate HLDS Launcher in the list of displayed applications.
- Click the program, and then click Uninstall.
How to tell if hlds.exe (HLDS Launcher) 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 HLDS Launcher. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for HLDS Launcher 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 hlds.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.