What is HPNetworkCommunicator.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 HPNetworkCommunicator.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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HPNetworkCommunicator.exe file information

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

The process known as HPNetworkCommunicator belongs to software HP Photosmart (version 6510 series Basic Device, 5510 series Basic Device, 6520 series Basic Device, 7510 series Basic Device) or HP Digital Imaging or HP Officejet (version 6600 Basic Device Software) or HP Deskjet (version 3520 series Basic Device) by Hewlett-Packard Co (

Description: HPNetworkCommunicator.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HPNetworkCommunicator.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 912,232 bytes (31% of all occurrences), 673,384 bytes and 4 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The HPNetworkCommunicator.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. HPNetworkCommunicator.exe is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. HPNetworkCommunicator.exe is able to connect to the Internet, monitor applications and record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 16% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you want to remove the program completely, go to Control Panel ⇒ Software ⇒ HP Officejet Pro 8600 - Grundlegende or HP Deskjet 3520 series Basic Device.

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


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Best practices for resolving HPNetworkCommunicator issues

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