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What is hardwarehelper.exe?

Part of Hardware Helper by Driver-Soft

What is it?

Hardware Helper is a software application designed to check the PC's currently installed drivers against a database of available drivers for a number of software and device hardware applications. If driver updates are available the software will automatically download them from the manufacturers web site and install them.
Description of hardwarehelper.exe from Driver-Soft
Hardware Helper takes the hassle out of adding or updating Windows devices. Driver updates from most manufacturers are provided at no cost, but they're often difficult to locate and match to your device. Hardware Helper locates updates for your devices automatically, backs up your drivers for quick reinstall, and automatically notifies you when new updates are released for your drivers, bringing true convenience to keeping your devices up-to-date. Countless users spend literally hours trying to get devices like webcams, printers, scanners, video cards, and more working properly.
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How does hardwarehelper.exe run?

Process - hardwarehelper.exe is an instance of a running program. This 32-bit program executes with the privileges as the currently logged in user account.

How does hardwarehelper.exe start?

Scheduled task - hardwarehelper.exe is launched automatically by registering itself into the Windows Task Scheduler under the task name '\{D4F67436-6F53-4E3B-8B5A-3C9BEA080494}'. Task Scheduler provides the ability to schedule the launch of programs or scripts at pre-defined times or after specified time intervals or even with event-based triggers.


What is the community is seeing?What is the community is doing?
About 0.2% of all Boost users have the hardwarehelper.exe process running.Of the 0.2% of hardwarehelper.exe users, 25.0% have disabled it.
How resource intensive is hardwarehelper.exe?
Comparison based on the average resource utilization across all programs.
0.07530% CPU753048.2%
Average CPU utilization across all programs is 0.00001%.
49.31 MB RAM229.0%
Average private memory utilization across all programs is 21.53 MB.
739 GDI objects492.7%
Average number of GUI GDI and USER objects for all programs is 150.
     4 context switches/sec4.0%
Average context switches for all programs is 100 per second.
Typical file (disk image) location:
C:\Program Files\driver-soft\hardwarehelper\hardwarehelper.exe

Are there other versions of Hardware Helper?

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 Hardware Helper.

What else is related?

What Windows OS versions does this run on?

Windows 7 Ultimate N (6.1.7601.65536)
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File details

File name: hardwarehelper.exe
Publisher: Driver-Soft Inc. (verified)
Name: Hardware Helper
Description: Hardware Helper
Version: 11.00.1126
Size: 2.25 MB
Original file name: HardwareHelper.exe

Digital certificate

Certificate authority: VeriSign
Expiration date: 7/8/2014

Resource utilization

CPU utilization averages
Total CPU: 0.1796478439%
Privileged CPU: 0.1043430245%
User CPU: 0.07530481930957%
Privileged CPU time: 751.08 ms
Privileged CPU time /min: 0 ms
CPU cycle count: 1,631,872,359
Context switches /sec: 4
Memory utilization averages
Committed memory: 151.25 MB
Peak committed memory: 174.83 MB
Paged memory: 49.31 MB
Peak paged memory: 49.61 MB
Paged system memory: 89.02 KB
Non-paged system memory: 53.83 KB
Working set memory: 52.02 MB
Peak working set memory: 57.66 MB
Min working set memory: 52.02 MB
Private memory: 49.31 MB
Page faults: 35,975
Page faults /min: 0
Process I/O averages
Total read operations: 28,814
Total read transfer: 68.94 MB
Total write operations: 1
Total write transfer: 13.57 MB
Total other operations: 2,712
Total other transfer: 19.51 KB
GUI Object Averages
GDI objects: 739
Peak GDI objects: 756
USER objects: 205
Peak USER objects: 224
Handle count average: 229
Thread count average: 4
Thread resource averages

Process details

Runs as (owner): User
Integrety level: High
Windows platform: 32-bit
Process Command
"C:\Program Files\Driver-Soft\HardwareHelper\HardwareHelper.exe"

Scheduled task details

Name: \{8EC9D1E6-6C93-4DDB-B502-6FC8EEDDE7EE}

Image hashes

MD5: 328a7ec9fd5c98397278953f084fa3de
SHA-1: 37f52d5bb193194f8ad7006e9a20444acaa057a0
SHA-256: 83bf0b985fe86a42d58f8f562a844d85ff07e5320222825a2771147bade1e0ec

PE image details

Subsystem: Windows GUI
Langauge*: Microsoft Visual Basic
File packed: Yes
Packed by: Unknown
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