What is hpqimzone.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 hpqimzone.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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Hpqimzone.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpqimzone
Hpqimzone.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP Photosmart Premier or PhotoGallery belongs to software hp digital imaging or hp digital imaging - hp all-in-one series or HP Photosmart Premier Software by Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P ( or Hewlett-Packard Co (

Description: Hpqimzone.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hpqimzone.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 479,232 bytes (72% of all occurrences) or 475,136 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The application can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you experience any issues with installation of hpqimzone.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall HP Image Zone or HP Photosmart Premier from your computer using the Control Panel applet Uninstall a Program
  2) get help from the software vendor HP
  3) look for a new, improved version.

Recommended: Identify hpqimzone.exe related errors

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

I _think_ this is a legit service that is part of "HP Image Zone" an image viewer provided with HP scanners.
takes up resources. Not necessary unless you need to update the kodak software but it uses resources all of the time.
  Anthony R Rasmus III  
It sure slows down computer shutdow!!!
Search for hpqimzone.* finds 4 files inside HP folder on Dell 2400 Desk pc
It hangs up my computer during shutdown
  Rod Walli  
It will freeze your system - much alike Norton!
Causes my computer to lock up and freeze and therefore I cannot even attempt to fix it.
takes up resources, and hangs up my computer at shut down, and it uses resources all of the time., but i don't know why.
HP knows about the problem: they have a patch for it
  Cindy   (further information)
If you have an HP scanner, DON'T remove it!@
  Paul Sullivan  
Used, as noted, by the Hp scanner software... If you have never installed an HP scanner or all-in-one printer, remove it; otherwise leave it alone! If it is using resources (and you're not scanning...) update your scanner/AIO drivers...
Do not remove it id youi use the program provided from HP. The Start-up marks should be removed for this inorder for the computer to work better when the program is not in use. The start-up mark should only be active if the programs are in use every day.

Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hpqimzone.exe: based on 12 votes with 12 user comments. 5 users think hpqimzone.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. 5 users suspect danger. 3 users don't grade hpqimzone.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpqimzone issues

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