What is cpqset.exe?

The genuine cpqset.exe file is a software component of HP Pavillion by Hewlett-Packard.
A holdover from before HP acquired Compaq Computers, cpqset.exe manages various multimedia features associated with the HP User Guide. The executable is not malicious, but there is not much known about its full responsibilities. It can be removed via the Add/Remove Programs feature in Windows by removing the HP User Guides package.

CpqSet stands for Compaq Setup

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 cpqset.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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Cpqset.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with cpqset
Cpqset.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Cpqset Application belongs to software HP Pavillion (version zv6000 User Guides, dv4000 User Guides) or HP Backup and Recovery or Notebook Utilities or Mentor Graphics CAMCAD or PolicyMakerâ„¢ Standard Edition or Cpqset Application or Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft or HPSSupply by unknown.

Description: Cpqset.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The cpqset.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder (normally C:\Program Files\HPQ\Default Settings\ or C:\compaq\cpqsetup\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 40,960 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 233,534 bytes and 20 more variants. 
The program has a visible window. There is no information about the author of the file. The software starts when Windows starts (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Cpqset.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In the event of any problems with cpqset.exe, you can do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cpqset.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example Trojan Horse (detected by Symantec), and TrojanDownloader:Win32/Unruy.C (detected by Microsoft). Therefore, you should check the cpqset.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

Trojan!!!! It acst like Hp but closes down all programs. On my laptop I really don't know how to ged reed of it yet!
  Ms S  
a trojan dropper has been identified in this file on my laptop
  creedy   (further information)
cpqset.exe is part of the Hewlett Packard Configuration Module, which is bundled with Hewlett Packard laptops. It used to change certain configuration settings of an HP laptop such as, the settings for multimedia devices. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
HP software
HP Module
HP settings, harmless and useless. Best removed.
HP file
Hewlett Packard Configuration Module
  Chukka. David Raju  
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Summary: Average user rating of cpqset.exe: based on 24 votes with 9 reviews. 17 users think cpqset.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think cpqset.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving cpqset issues

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