What is hpoSTS08.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 hpoSTS08.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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HpoSTS08.exe file information

The process known as HP OfficeJet Status belongs to software hp digital imaging - hp all-in-one series by Hewlett-Packard Co (

Description: HpoSTS08.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The hpoSTS08.exe file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Bin\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 311,296 bytes (84% of all occurrences) or 303,104 bytes. 
There is an icon for this program on the taskbar next to the clock. The program has a visible window. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 5% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You might want to safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HP Photo and Imaging 2.0 or HP Foto- und Bildbearbeitung (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify hpoSTS08.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpoSTS08.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hpoSTS08.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

Using XP SP2.... This file puts the icon in your tray. You can still print and scan with your Office Jet after you kill this process. Once killed, hover the pointer over the tray icon, and it will disappear.
This process and others similar ( hpoevm08.exe, hpohmr08.exe etc ) usually indicate a problem with your HP all-in-one printer cartriges or a confused printer. Delete the processes & check printer.
  Gus ( Microtech Computers AU )  

Summary: Average user rating of hpoSTS08.exe: based on 4 votes with 2 user comments. 4 users think hpoSTS08.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving hpoSTS08 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hpoSTS08. 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 hpoSTS08.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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