What is hphmon06.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 hphmon06.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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Hphmon06.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hphmon06
Hphmon06.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HPHmon06 belongs to software HP Photosmart by Hewlett-Packard (

Description: Hphmon06.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hphmon06.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 659,456 bytes (93% of all occurrences), 622,592 bytes, 733,184 bytes or 655,360 bytes. 
The hphmon06.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Hphmon06.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 54% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as hphmon06.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hphmon06.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

go here for instructions from hp
  Michelle   (further information)
I renamed the file 'ahphmon06.exe and have no more trouble with error messages.
  L. Chittenden  
takes up lot of cpu on my HP while idling
  ilia anikin  
i would say if you have anything from HP then just leave it alone I removed it once from my pc cause I thought it was useless but I had to completely format my pc just to get my printer back up and running but
When uninstalling several other HP-drivers this file was left over and caused an error display at startup, however, the photosmart uninstallation (mentioned above) solved this problem. In my case the uninstallation was located in the start menu, under: -- HP -- Photosmart 320,370,7400,8100,8400 Series
Hp printer like stated above for use if they are photo smart like mine is :P.
When i was working for HP support i wrote a program to fix the issue. The fix can be found here
  Morten Bojer   (further information)
If you gets issues with this file after installing som HP equetment, have a look here
  Morten Bojer   (further information)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hphmon06.exe: based on 28 votes with 9 reviews. 13 users think hphmon06.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 3 users think it's probably harmless. 8 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users suspect danger. 2 users think hphmon06.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade hphmon06.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hphmon06 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hphmon06. 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 hphmon06.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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