What is hpbspsvr.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 hpbspsvr.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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Hpbspsvr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpbspsvr
Hpbspsvr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP SocketPing Server belongs to software unknown by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Hpbspsvr.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hpbspsvr.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 65,536 bytes (50% of all occurrences) or 53,248 bytes. 
There is no file information. The program has no visible window. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. 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 74% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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

used with the scnjet 6300 series scanner
  jim gott  
per HP: Socket Ping Server executable that listens for pushed events from any printer on windows sockets, and then forwards the connection data/events to the job specific socket ping delivery step (hpbskpng.dll).
  Joe Marshall   (further information)
Used for HP LaserJet printers that are shared on a corporate lan

Summary: Average user rating of hpbspsvr.exe: based on 5 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think hpbspsvr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving hpbspsvr issues

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