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What is hsswd.exe?

Description of hsswd.exe from the publisher
Hotspot Shield creates a virtual private network (VPN) between your laptop or iPhone and our Internet gateway. This impenetrable tunnel prevents snoopers, hackers, ISP‘s, from viewing your web browsing activities, instant messages, downloads, credit card information or anything else you send over the network. Hotspot Shield security application is free to download, employs the latest VPN technology, and is easy to install and use. Hotspot Shield protects your entire web surfing session; securing your connection at both your home Internet network & Public Internet networks (both wired and wireless). Hotspot Shield protects your identity by ensuring that all web transactions (shopping, filling out forms, downloads) are secured through HTTPS. Hotspot Shield also makes you private online making your identity invisible to third party websites and ISP‘s.
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How does hsswd.exe run?

Service - hsswd.exe runs as a background Windows service (ExpatWd). This service runs as the SYSTEM account with extensive privileges on the local computer, and acts as the computer on the network.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.3% of all Boost users have the hsswd.exe process running.Of the 0.3% of hsswd.exe users, 16.7% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is hsswd.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.00000% CPU30.0%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
     1.63 MB RAM7.6%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
 1 context switches/sec1.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\hotspot shield\bin\hsswd.exe

Are there other versions of hsswd.exe?

What modules are loaded?

A module is a dynamic link library (DLL) or an executable file that is loaded into the process. Below is a list of non-system modules that are loaded by this process.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 8 Single Language (6.2.9200.0)
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File details

File name: hsswd.exe
Size: 542.29 KB

Digital certificate

Issued to: AnchorFree Inc
Certificate authority: VeriSign
Effective date: 3/27/2011
Expiration date: 4/13/2014

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.0000253858%
Privileged CPU: 0.0000223839%
User CPU: 0.00000300191755%
Privileged CPU time: 343.75 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,279,814,484
Context switches /sec: 1
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 53.47 MB
Peak committed memory: 57.25 MB
Paged memory: 1.63 MB
Peak paged memory: 1.84 MB
Paged system memory: 91.5 KB
Non-paged system memory: 13.48 KB
Working set memory: 4.64 MB
Peak working set memory: 4.98 MB
Min working set memory: 4.59 MB
Private memory: 1.63 MB
Page faults: 1,483
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 1
Total read transfer: 2.8 KB
Total other operations: 360,411
Total other transfer: 178 Bytes
Handle count average: 107
Thread count average: 6
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): System
Integrety level: System
Windows platform: 64-bit
Runs as a service: Yes
Parent Process
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\bin\hsswd.exe"

Service details

Name: ExpatWd

Image hashes

MD5: 59e36aaf23355b9d3852fb39cfd928d4
SHA-1: 87248ba50c4648058a6506736eb5e95ba5c67e03

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows Console
File entropy: 6.59177
File packed: No
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