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What does the HWAPI.exe file do?

The HWAPI.exe process is also known as McAfee HackerWatch Service and is a part of McAfee HackerWatch Service or, as the case may be, McAfee Hackerwatch API Module. This software is produced by McAfee (www.mcafee.com). An obsolete or defective version of HWAPI.exe can cause problems for your computer that can range from slowness to error messages such as these:

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What you should know about HWAPI.exe McAfee HackerWatch service

HWAPI.exe is not part of Windows, but it is important nonetheless. HWAPI.exe is found in a subdirectory of "C:\Program Files\Public Documents". The file size is 540,776 bytes.
The application does not have a visible window, and does not appear on the taskbar. It contains a digital signature from Verisign, a subsidiary of Symantec. Verisign thereby confirms this file's authenticity and integrity. The original file has a digital certificate (see its file properties). The HWAPI file is not part of the Windows operating system. HWAPI.exe is capable of supervise programs. For this reason, 24% 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 HWAPI.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 HWAPI?

McAfee Hacker Watch Service. Service installed by the McAfee Internet Security suite whose role is to update the HackerWatch.org website with any suspected hacker attack which you decide to report to the HackerWatch service run by McAfee. (further information...)

Summary: One user judges HWAPI.exe to be an essential file that should not be touched. source: file.net

How to uninstall McAfee HackerWatch Service or McAfee Hackerwatch API Module

HWAPI.exe McAfee HackerWatch service fix

To remove McAfee HackerWatch service from your computer, please follow the manual instructions below or use an automatic uninstaller product.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button. In Windows 8, look for Control Panel.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Uninstall a program.
  4. Look for McAfee HackerWatch Service or McAfee Hackerwatch API Module in the list of available programs.
  5. Click Uninstall.

How to tell if HWAPI.exe (McAfee HackerWatch service) 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 McAfee HackerWatch service. To do this, start "Regedit", then look under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE" > "Software" for McAfee HackerWatch service 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 HWAPI.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.

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