What is Compaq Connections.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 Compaq Connections.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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Compaq Connections.exe file information

The process known as HP Connections belongs to software RunnerEXE Application or HP Connections by Hewlett Packard (

Description: Compaq Connections.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Compaq Connections.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 36,903 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 45,056 bytes, 16,423 bytes or 34,520 bytes. 
The file is not a Windows system file. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\User Shell Folders). The program has no visible window. The application listens for or sends data on open ports to a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 67% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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


User Comments

disable compaq connections
At start up, Zone Alarm pops up with "suspicious behavior" & states it is attempting to monito user activities...track or log keystrokes, mouse movements, etc.
it is not needed for anything. Just another file that spreads a virus to make matters a big pain
  Dave Johnson  
useless crap - more preloaded software designed to "improve or enrich" your internet experience. Quote from HP site:Yes. You have the ability to deactivate the service within each message you receive. This option is found either in the "Options" menu on the initial desktop pop-up message or in some cases in the footer of the message main content. Alternatively you will find the deactivate option through the Start menu under: Start, All Programs, PC Help & Tools, Compaq Connections Please remember that if you deactivate the service, you will miss important support notices + usage information
  Matt   (further information)
It causes error message at start up PC runs slow, Ijust renamed it no more problem
  steve kearns  
Not dangerous, but certainly a pain in the arse! Remove it from startup through msconfig to stop the irritation.
Its a nusiance more than anything else. Pops up at most in-opertune times for a compaq update or whatever...
  Carolyn Stafford  
not required for start up
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of Compaq Connections.exe: based on 18 votes with 9 reviews. 3 users think Compaq Connections.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks Compaq Connections.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. 8 users don't grade Compaq Connections.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving Compaq Connections issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with Compaq Connections. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic 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 6resmon 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 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

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

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