What is backupnotify.exe?

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 backupnotify.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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Backupnotify.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with backupnotify
Backupnotify.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Backup Notifier or HPIZ311 belongs to software HP Image Zone Plus or HP Photo & Imaging by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Backupnotify.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Backupnotify.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\HP\Digital Imaging\bin\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 32,768 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 24,576 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: Run). Backupnotify.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. backupnotify.exe appears to be a compressed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with backupnotify.exe, you can ask for help from Support, update the program to the latest version or completely remove HPIZ350 or HP Photo & Imaging (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as backupnotify.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the backupnotify.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.


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Best practices for resolving backupnotify issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with backupnotify. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic 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 resmon 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 DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the backupnotify.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security 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. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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