HPCMDelayStart.exe is a legitimate process related the HPConnectionManager.RKill
is designed to terminate the most common malicious processes that prevent other security tools from being executed and used to disinfect the system. In addition to killing common malicious processes, RKill always terminates explorer whether you are clean or not and terminates executable files running from a user profile by design
. Programs should not be running from a user profile as they are meant to hold data, preferences, settings, and configuration files.
After it runs RKill will create a log of what was terminated while it was running. All files listed in an RKill log are not
necessarily malware related...it may show legitimate as well as malicious processes. The list of processes shown as terminated are any processes that were killed while RKill was running even if those processes were not terminated directly by RKill. This means that if someone manually shuts a program down it will show up in the log but that does not mean it was killed by RKill. Thus, RKill logs contain all processes that were terminated, either by RKill itself or manually, during the running the script.
When running RKill it will indicate the tool is terminating known malware processes regardless of whether it terminated any processes or not. If RKill finds processes that matched its definitions and terminated them, it will list them in its log. If RKill did not find anything to terminiate, it will not list any processes. You may want to read RKill - What it does and What it Doesn't - A brief introduction to the program
for more information about the tool.
Note: If you are able to run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and other security tools without them terminating, there is no need to run RKill
. Using RKill is only necessary to fix the most common malware processes that stop us from using security tools and completing scans so its not required in all situations.