What is hpboid.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 hpboid.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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Hpboid.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpboid
Hpboid.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP Status Server Module belongs to software HP Status Server by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Hpboid.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file hpboid.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows\System32 or sometimes in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 73,728 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The hpboid.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 31% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

It is not a virus.
It replicated over 20 process instances on one of my servers.
  Miguel Rugley  
HP Drucker Treiber
Value-added junk installed by HO printer driver
  Vadim Rapp   (further information)
It's part of Hewlitt-Packard printer installation, and is corrupted. Good printers, but I've ALWAYS had problems with their XP drivers/program installations on Windows XP MCE. It's not dangerous in a spyware sense, just a resorce hassle.
  Hackback Slim  
It's a program used for printing on your HP printer.
I had about 20 of these thing running on my XP system.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hpboid.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks hpboid.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 3 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users don't grade hpboid.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpboid issues

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