What is hpcmpmgr.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 hpcmpmgr.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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Hpcmpmgr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpcmpmgr
Hpcmpmgr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP Framework Component Manager Service belongs to software hp coretech (COmponent REuse TECHnology) by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Hpcmpmgr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hpcmpmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 241,664 bytes (87% of all occurrences), 212,992 bytes, 233,472 bytes, 221,184 bytes or 262,144 bytes. 
Hpcmpmgr.exe is not a Windows system file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Hpcmpmgr.exe is able to hide itself and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can do the following:
  1) safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HP Component Manager or HP Unload DLL Patch (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)
  2) contact Customer Service
  3) look for a new, improved version.

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External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

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

Careful checks suggest this file can fail very long (about 11 hr) flights in MS Flight Simulator X, and perhaps FS9 also.
  Ian Macdonald  
Stops Screensaver from running. Security issue when Screensaverpassword is set.
It is very annoying, her is the official HP fix, going to try it today.
  Ricky Hewitt   (further information)
Can be 100% safely removed from being "autorun" during Win StartUps! Use msconfig.exe to do so, or if you really know how to edit the Win Registry, disable it from there, using the search facility! That's an EXPERT opinion, enough said!!!
  Mpampos Apo Orounta!  
I know it locked up my harddrive,light stayed solid all the time.
this error massage appear on my desktop when I turn on my computer like for 20-24 times this same message untill I click on it 20-25 times and then it stops.
Updates HP software by connecting to servers, can be removed without harming computer.
Hp Printer Software, Can stall on system shutdown. Part of the HP Software Update Package.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hpcmpmgr.exe: based on 65 votes with 9 reviews. 29 users think hpcmpmgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 17 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. 5 users think hpcmpmgr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 14 users don't grade hpcmpmgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpcmpmgr issues

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