What is HpqToaster.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 HpqToaster.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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HpqToaster.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with HpqToaster
HpqToaster.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HpqToaster Module or HP Wireless Assistant

belongs to software HpqToaster Module or HP Wireless Assistant or QLBCASL or HPAsset component for HP or HP Backup and Recovery or HPAsset component for HP Active Support or HP Webcam or HPAsset component for HP Active

by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: HpqToaster.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HpqToaster.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 491,606 bytes (40% of all occurrences), 516,182 bytes and 8 more variants. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. There is no file information. HpqToaster.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 40% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of any problems with HpqToaster.exe, you can do the following:

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

If it is being exploited by hackers and is not needed for the opporation of the wireless LAN then it should be disabled and/or removed. HP should produce a more secure version as an update.
i use my pc from a non admin acct. very often, i get the UAC pop up asking to run HPtoaster.exe i always disallow, i just looked in C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared and it's not in there, this tells me that it is not a legitimate program. if i find it, i'll post here about it.
If located in C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\Shared it is ok.
  Zenvidia   (further information)
It Keeps Popping Up requesting that I should sena an error report to microsoft and then It shuts down my antivirus program
  Joe Shearer  
Screen notification of mute, etc.. Not essential. From Hp.
This file is harmless. Its for operating the CD drive and Wireless buttons.
The HPqToaster.exe file is an executable file used by HP Wireless assistant. When you press the wireless button on your laptop it helps Wireless assistant to display fancy slow message on you desktop just above the tray icons to inform you about the status of WLAN. Even if you kill this process, each time you press the Wireless switch on your laptop it will execute this file "HPqToaster.exe" to help the Wireless assitant to display the WLAN status (ON or OFF). It is installed by the HP wireless assitant installation program in the folder C:\Program Files\HPQ\Shared\HPqToaster.exe. I just found out this info myself as there was no accurate info on the net.
"toaster" is the generally accepted programming term for little windows that pop up (like bread in a toaster) this is the HP pop-up process for their special keys (like volume and mute)
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HpqToaster.exe: based on 45 votes with 9 reviews. 24 users think HpqToaster.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's probably harmless. 7 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 3 users suspect danger. 6 users think HpqToaster.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 7 users don't grade HpqToaster.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving HpqToaster issues

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