What is cqmghost.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 cqmghost.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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Cqmghost.exe file information

The process known as Foundation Agents Service or Foundation Agent Service or Compaq Foundation Agents Service belongs to software Foundation Agents or HP Insight Foundation Agents for Microsoft Windows (version 2000) or Compaq Foundation Agents by Hewlett-Packard Company ( or Compaq Computer (

Description: Cqmghost.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Cqmghost.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 18,944 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 4,096 bytes or 8,208 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. Cqmghost.exe is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 60% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with cqmghost.exe, you can completely remove HP ProLiant Remote Monitor (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify cqmghost.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as cqmghost.exe. Therefore, you should check the cqmghost.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

Compaq Foundatation agent: used for SNMP management
  Scott   (further information)
You need it for CPQ Web Agent - CIM or Survey utilities
This is a file required for HP (compaq) insight manager
  someone that googled it....  
This is VmWare file. After removing VmWare in registry still stay a key. Delete it and this solve the problem. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\VMnetAdapter

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Summary: Average user rating of cqmghost.exe: based on 8 votes with 4 user comments. 3 users think cqmghost.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users think cqmghost.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it.

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Best practices for resolving cqmghost issues

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