What is HPKBDAPP.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 HPKBDAPP.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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HPKBDAPP.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with HPKBDAPP
HPKBDAPP.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP QuickTouch On Screen Display belongs to software HP QuickTouch (version 1.00 C4, 1.00 D2, 1.00 C1) or HP QuickTouch On Screen Display or HPAsset component for HP Active Support by Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P (

Description: HPKBDAPP.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HPKBDAPP.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 554,320 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 554,288 bytes, 685,568 bytes or 554,552 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. HPKBDAPP.exe is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. It is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. The program is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is able to record keyboard inputs. HPKBDAPP.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 58% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with HPKBDAPP.exe, you can uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > HP QuickTouch 1.00 C4 or HP QuickTouch 1.00 D2).

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

HPKBDAPP.exe - The HP QuickTouch Software provides on-screen visuals and associated sounds that are displayed and heard when adjusting the notebook volume.
  Mike   (further information)
PROBABLY disabled at boot HP QuickTouch, correction is possible permission starting with HP QuickTouch operating system.

Summary: Average user rating of HPKBDAPP.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. One user thinks HPKBDAPP.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless.

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Best practices for resolving HPKBDAPP issues

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