What is HPPA_Service.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 HPPA_Service.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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HPPA_Service.exe file information

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

The process known as HPPA_Service belongs to software HP Power Assistant by Hewlett-Packard Company ( or Hewlett-Packard (

Description: HPPA_Service.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HPPA_Service.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 107,576 bytes (50% of all occurrences), 133,688 bytes, 131,128 bytes or 102,968 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file has a digital signature. It is not a Windows system file. It is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 28% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: If you have any problems with HPPA_Service.exe, you can also turn to the software company, HP, for advice, check the vendor’s website for a newer version or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HP Power Assistant (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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

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