What is cpqeadm.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 cpqeadm.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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Cpqeadm.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cpqeadm
Cpqeadm.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Easy Access Software Demon belongs to software Compaq Easy Access Button Support or HP Easy Access Button Support by Compaq Computer ( or HP Company (

Description: Cpqeadm.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file cpqeadm.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (typically C:\Program Files\Compaq\Easy Access Button Support\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 438,272 bytes (37% of all occurrences), 434,176 bytes, 425,984 bytes or 413,696 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. Cpqeadm.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 43% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to uninstall Easy Access Button Support or SiteAdvisor for Internet software via Windows Control Panel/Add or Remove Programs (Windows XP) or Programs and Features (Windows 10/8/7).

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

what is this? i havn't seen this note before and it was trying to access the net.
harmlos - oder nicht ?
  FP   (further information)
cpqeadm.exe is a process produced by Compaq which allows you to program additional keys on their range of multimedia keyboards. This is a non-essential process. Disabling or enabling this is down to user preference, however doing so may render the additional key non-functioning.
It simply allows for proper operation of the Compaq Easy Access buttons on the Compaq keyboards. It is NOT spyware, or a keylogger. Check your information first!
If you have a Compaq / HP computer, surely it's part of the bundle. If you change your keyboard and don't need it anymore, dissable it (I don't know how)

Summary: Average user rating of cpqeadm.exe: based on 5 votes with 6 user comments. 3 users think cpqeadm.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving cpqeadm issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with cpqeadm. 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 cpqeadm.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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