hkcmd.exe is a legitimate system process, which is related to the Hotkey Command Module for Intel Graphics Contollers. Classically, is located in the “C: \ WINNT \ System32 \” folder on Windows NT/2000 and “C: \ WINDOWS \ System32 \” folder in Windows XP. Support for PC users who do not want to spend their time moving the mouse and the like using a keyboard to control their computers. Therefore, it is not an essential Windows process and can safely be terminated if desired. However, after doing this, you will not be able to use hotkeys for Intel Hotkey Command Module access.
Virus writers also use the names of legitimate files in order to hide their viruses on the victim computer. The hkcmd.exe file was created to be connected to the Pahatia malware. If you do not have an Intel video card installed in your computer, the presence of hkcmd.exe may indicate that you have been infected. Pay attention to the file location and run a full system scan with anti-malware to make sure your PC is not infected.