What is hpqdirec.exe?

The genuine hpqdirec.exe file is a software component of HP All-In-One-Series by Hewlett-Packard Co.
Installed with any of the HP All-In-One Series devices, this application controls any other drivers or software installed for the device. It includes a user interface that can be accessed through the system tray to make changes to settings relating to the behavior of your printer or scanner. Based in Palo Alto, California, HP has been the world's leading PC manufacturer since 2007.

HPQDirec stands for HP Q Director application

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 hpqdirec.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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Hpqdirec.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpqdirec
Hpqdirec.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP Director application belongs to software hp digital imaging - hp all-in-one series or HP Photosmart Premier by Hewlett-Packard Co ( or Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Hpqdirec.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hpqdirec.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 131,072 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 2,408,448 bytes, 102,400 bytes or 1,032,192 bytes. 
It is not a Windows system file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The program has no visible window. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The software vendor offers the option to do the following:
  1) remove the entire program HP Image Zone or HP Photo and Imaging 2.0 using Windows Control Panel
  2) go to the support area of the HP website
  3) update the program to the latest version.

Recommended: Identify hpqdirec.exe related errors

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

Mon ordinateur ne le retroupve pas
hpqdirec.exe is a HP Director application from Hewlett-Packard Co. belonging to hp digital imaging - hp all-in-one series
  John   (further information)
sei que é um arquivo para executar o scanner da impressora hp

Summary: Average user rating of hpqdirec.exe: based on 2 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks hpqdirec.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 2 users don't grade hpqdirec.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpqdirec issues

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