What is hpqcmon.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 hpqcmon.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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Hpqcmon.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpqcmon
Hpqcmon.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HpqCmon MFC Application or HP Photo and Imaging (version 2.0 - Photosmart Cameras) belongs to software HP Photo and Imaging (version 2.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.0 - HP, 1.2 - Photosmart) or HpqCmon Application by {&Tahoma8}Hewlett-Packard (

Description: Hpqcmon.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hpqcmon.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" (common is C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\Digital Imaging\Unload\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 90,112 bytes (68% of all occurrences) or 69,632 bytes. 
The file is a file with no information about its developer. It is not a Windows system file. The program is not visible. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 35% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with hpqcmon.exe, you can also uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Uninstall a Program > HP Photo and Imaging 2.0 or HP Photo and Imaging 1.2).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpqcmon.exe. Therefore, you should check the hpqcmon.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

Comes with Hewlett-Packard digital camara drivers. This runs in the background and auto launches the imaging software when your digital camera is connected to your computer.
it runs my recources down with its brother files hpgs2wnf, hpqcmon, hpgs2wnd. its a problem when any program you dont want running all the time and on start up and has no option to stop it .this is a asshole operation thanks assholes
  tim l.  
Can be useful for some, but not all.
Launches imaging software....Harmless....Can be shut down in Windows Task Manager after pc startup (push "control/alt/delete" at same time)....Can be disabled in Windows Defender Software Explorer---free at Microsoft ""....Can be quarantined not to start/run in Neuber Security Task Manager.
Comes pre-installed with Hewlett-Packard computers, for built-in WebCam. This runs in the background and auto launches the imaging software when your digital camera is connected to your computer.

Summary: Average user rating of hpqcmon.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. One user thinks hpqcmon.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks hpqcmon.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving hpqcmon issues

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