What is hpqste08.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 hpqste08.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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Hpqste08.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpqste08
Hpqste08.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP CUE Status or HP CUE Status Root

belongs to software hp digital imaging - hp all-in-one series or hp digital imaging or HP Digital Imaging or HP Photosmart Premier or Adobe Flash Player (version 10 ActiveX) or HP Photosmart Premier Software or HP Image Zone Express

by Hewlett-Packard Co ( or Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P (

Description: Hpqste08.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hpqste08.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 204,800 bytes (20% of all occurrences), 239,320 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It 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 24% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you encounter difficulties with hpqste08.exe, you may also turn to the software developer, HP, for advice, make sure that you have installed the latest version or safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HP Digital Imaging or HPSSupply (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

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If hpqste08.exe is located in a subfolder of the user's "Documents" folder, the security rating is 22% dangerous. The file size is 239,320 bytes. The program is not visible. The process can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. The file is digitally signed. The hpqste08.exe file is not a Windows system file.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpqste08.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the hpqste08.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

Tied to communications between computer (laptop) and HP printer. Happens mostly when laptop is away from printer network.
  B Wache  
HP Photosmart software suite process. Not very efficient. If original, safe. Beware malware name-a-likes.
It sometimes takes 100% CPU and stops any further printing etc. Have then deleted in Task Manager and all back to normal or may hav eto re-boot PC
if you are having that problem because you had before a print problem do the following. Go to Control panel-Programs and uninstall hp Soluction problems
  Paulo Mota Pinto  
it does belong to HP Printer but it can use up to 60% of the CPU memory and cause your laptop to overheat :(
nessesary for hp digital imaging
I'm on SAMSUNG netbook. Desktop is HP. HP printer added 6 mos. ago when netbook purchased. Problem started today. Uniblue installed a week ago?
  Cindy L. Belarde  
It is from the HP Photosmart C700 series All-In-On printer Software. Check if there is malfunction in your scanning or fax portion of the HP unit. It started after I banged the Printer one day when it was hanging. Oops
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hpqste08.exe: based on 33 votes with 9 reviews. 15 users think hpqste08.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 6 users think it's probably harmless. 9 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 2 users think hpqste08.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade hpqste08.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpqste08 issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with hpqste08. 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 hpqste08.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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