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What is Hkcmd exe/module? Should I remove it? [Full Guide]

What is Hkcmd module in startup?

what is hkcmd module

Hkcmd is a legitimate file, and it’s associated with Intel graphics. The file can usually be found on systems that are using Intel 810 and 815 chipsets. The actual Hkcmd file is located in the System32 subfolder in the Windows directory.

This file allows you to perform certain keyboard shortcuts and open Intel’s Graphics and Media Control Panel quickly, so it’s not harmful to your PC.

Is Hkcmd needed at startup?

hkcmd startup

As we previously mentioned, Hkcmd is used only to interpret certain keyboard shortcuts related to the Intel graphics. If you don’t use these keyboard shortcuts, you can disable this process from startup.

Is Hkcmd exe a virus?

is hkcmd virus

No, Hkcmd is not a virus and it’s a part of Intel’s graphics drivers, which makes it a legitimate file. However, a clever hacker might disguise malware as Hkcmd, but that’s rare.

If you still want to be sure that your system is secure, you can scan this file with antivirus software such as Bullguard Antivirus. The software offers real-time protections thanks to Dynamic Machine Learning technology.

There’s also multi-layer protection, as well as a vulnerability scanner, so it will verify downloaded applications and drivers.

Bullguard offers great protection and performance, and thanks to the Game Booster mode, you should be able to enjoy in gaming without any slowdowns or stuttering.

Other great features:

  • Real-time protection
  • Dynamic Machine Learning
  • Multi-layered protection
  • Vulnerability scanner
  • Improved performance


BullGuard is a fast, reliable and secure antivirus that will keep your PC safe from all online threats.

Can I disable Hkcmd module?

disable hkcmd module

Yes, Hkcmd can be disabled, and to disable it, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Control Panel and select Intel Extreme Gfx.
  2. Now disable the Hot Keys feature and save changes.

After doing that, Hkcmd won’t appear anymore.

This post was written by Milan Stanojevic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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