What is hkcmd.exe?

The genuine hkcmd.exe file is a software component of Intel® Common User Interface by Intel Corporation.
For Windows 7 and earlier Microsoft OS versions, "hkcmd.exe" controls video-related hot keys as part of Intel's Common User Interface that accompanies its drivers for graphics cards and onboard GPUs. ("Igfxhk.exe" does that in Windows 8 and later.) The file should reside in "C:\Windows\System32" and may be disguised malware if found anywhere else. It should not be disabled or uninstalled; hotkeys can be disabled from a pane in the Intel Graphics Control window. The GMA Driver is shipped with and installed alongside Intel and nVidia graphics cards, and also provided to manufacturers of computers using Intel® graphics chipsets on the motherboard. If looking online for updated Intel drivers, consult the computer manufacturer's site first because the OEM version may be customized. Intel Corporation, the world's largest and highest-valued semiconductor manufacturer, advertises a multifaceted commitment to diversity, ecological sustainability and education, and uniquely offers semiconductors with "conflict-free" minerals guaranteed not purchased from Congolese rebel militias.

HKCMd stands for Intel Graphics Hot Key Control Module

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the hkcmd.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Hkcmd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hkcmd
Hkcmd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as hkcmd Module or Intel Graphics Services or baba belongs to software Intel® Common User Interface or Intel Poulsbo Drivers for Windows NT or Microsoft or Intel® LDDM Ultra Mobile Media or SgqZZMNn by Intel ( or Microsoft ( or BABA.

Description: Hkcmd.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hkcmd.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 77,824 bytes (22% of all occurrences), 173,592 bytes and 123 more variants. 
Hkcmd.exe is not a Windows system file. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run, User Shell Folders, MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 32% dangerous; but you should also compare this rating with the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with hkcmd.exe, you can remove the entire program Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator using Windows Control Panel.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hkcmd.exe, for example TROJ_GEN.R4FC3IM or TROJ_SPNV.01A614 (detected by TrendMicro), and Application.Bitcoinminer.F (detected by F-Secure). Therefore, you should check the hkcmd.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

When pressing Caps or Shift it will show it on or off on your computer.
The real one is harmless, but unnecessary. There ARE other "versions" out there that are malware and spyware, be aware of those.
Normal Process for Windows Hotkeys
A safe but not necessary app to start "hot keys" when computer starts. Users choice, personally I Don't use.
I think it is something like a virus becuse i had a lot of maleware and when i removed the malware it was gone, my friend also had malware and he also had hkcmd.exe This was MY opinion. But im 80% sure that its something with the intel or a normal process. If you have this, dont worry. Just use malware bytes or some other antivirus scanner to find out if its dangerus. hkcmd.exe
It is just a hotkey interpreter, hkcmd literally stands for "hot key command"
My computer has recently been restarting itself without warning. hkcmd.exe has also been appearing on start task manager even if I didn't even download it!
Intel hot key driver. Repeated asking for install upon startup while restoring a Toshiba laptop. Finally renamed it (in /system32/) and fixed the error.
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Summary: Average user rating of hkcmd.exe: based on 268 votes with 9 reviews. 109 users think hkcmd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 18 users think it's probably harmless. 61 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 34 users suspect danger. 46 users think hkcmd.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 28 users don't grade hkcmd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hkcmd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hkcmd. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the hkcmd.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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