How to remove the cpqek virus

Most antivirus programs identify cpqek.exe as malware.

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Cpqek.exe file information

The process known as Compaq EAB Software appears to belong to software Cpqek Application by Compaq Computer (

Description: Cpqek.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Cpqek.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—common is C:\Program Files\Compaq\Compaq EAB Software\. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 73,728 bytes. 
The file is able to record keyboard inputs. The file is not a Windows system file. The program has no visible window. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Cpqek.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 100% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You have the option to remove the entire program Compaq EAB Software using Windows Control Panel.

Recommended: Identify cpqek.exe related errors

Important: You should check the cpqek.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

Microsoft Windows Update does not seem to like it. Certain manually downloaded hotfixes detect it running and ask for it to be closed.
  AndrĂ© Botha  
when it runs my word progam locks and I lose data or force the system to do file recovery
compaq EAB software

Summary: Average user rating of cpqek.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. One user thinks cpqek.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving cpqek issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: Security Task Manager examines the active cpqek process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known anti-malware tool tells you if the cpqek.exe on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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