hwapi.exe - Is hwapi.exe trojan, malware, or a virus?

what is hwapi.exe?
Purpose of hwapi.exe:



Process or task name:

Always double check your task spelling if you are concerned about spyware or viruses, as often they use similiar spelling for these windows processes and tasks: hwapi.exe

File type:
Exe program - Files with an extension of "exe" are executable programs.

Purpose of this file:
HWAPI.exe is software program that may have been on your computer since the day you purchased, as it could have arrived as preinstall software on your computer. To help identify that this program is not spyware or virus related software, always verify the file is in the proper location as shown below. This HWAPI.exe software file is called Hacker Watch, and it is from McAfee security and it is part of their antispyware and antivirus security suite. This is a security related software module called Hacker Watch Service, if you have Mcafee virus protection installed, you will see this running in your active task list when you press CTRL-ALT-DEL. This MPFSrv.exe file is considered safe and is not spyware, adware, or virus related software. Visit hwapi.exe for complete information on this task or process. If you would like help on other tasks or processes, you can view the entire process and task directory here.

What is the hwapi.exe location, where is it stored on my computer?
C:\Program Files\Common Files\McAfee\HackerWatch\HWAPI.exe is the proper disk / hard drive location for this file.


  • Is hwapi.exe spyware?
        No, this windows task is not spyware.

  • Is this software task considered adware or malware?
        No, this windows task is not popup or adware related software.

  • Is hwapi.exe considered a virus or trojan?
        No, this windows task is not a virus or trojan program.

  • Would you recommend that I remove hwapi.exe?
        No, I would not remove this file.

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