What is hpgs2wnd.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 hpgs2wnd.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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Hpgs2wnd.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpgs2wnd
Hpgs2wnd.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as hpgs2wnd belongs to software Hewlett-Packard hpgs2wnd or HP Photo and Imaging (version 1.0 - HP, 2.0 - Scanners, 1.2.1, 1.0 - Scanjet 2300c) by Hewlett-Packard (

Description: Hpgs2wnd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hpgs2wnd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—e.g. C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Share-to-Web\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 57,344 bytes (62% of all occurrences), 69,632 bytes, 90,112 bytes or 708,608 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run, Run). The program is not visible. Therefore the technical security rating is 44% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software publisher HP provides direct support ( and update information ( You could completely remove HP Share-to-web or HP Photo and Imaging (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpgs2wnd.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TrojanDownloader:Win32/Bagle.SH (detected by Microsoft), and Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Bagle.ow (detected by Kaspersky). Therefore, you should check the hpgs2wnd.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

Scanjet scanner - web page builder
  J.Brown   (further information)
This program is related to the feature "share-to-web" from some HP hardwares, so if you don't pretend to use that, you could terminate it to save some memory, I did it.
  Rodrigo Lobo Schmidt  
It's part of Hewlitt Packards Share to Web software
Part of scanner software from HP
When I end this process I can not use my HP Scanjet Scanner but if I restart the process comes up again and then I can scan. So I will end this process each time I turn the computer on unless I plan to use the scanner. I don't use the HP share-to-web function so I don't know if it has something to do with this or not.
Part of scanner software from HP, I have removed it with regedit from RUN folder, because I don't want to use it
nothing but think its more garbage being forced on the unsuspecting
  Ernestr Martin  
I'm using Norton SS o delay startup since I use the scanner
  Bob R.  

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Summary: Average user rating of hpgs2wnd.exe: based on 8 votes with 8 user comments. 7 users think hpgs2wnd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users don't grade hpgs2wnd.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpgs2wnd issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hpgs2wnd. 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 hpgs2wnd.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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