What is hpppta.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 hpppta.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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Hpppta.exe file information

The process known as HP ScanJet Parallel Port Test Utility belongs to software HP PrecisionScan Pro or HP PrecisionScan by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Hpppta.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hpppta.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 86,016 bytes (75% of all occurrences) or 98,304 bytes. 
The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). It is not a Windows core file. The program has a visible window. Hpppta.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with hpppta.exe, you can uninstall HP PrecisionScan Pro or HP PrecisionScan from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpppta.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hpppta.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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I don't know itf there is any problems with this but it has a rating of 34 on the Security Task Manager

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Best practices for resolving hpppta issues

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