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 HPQWMI.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.
The process known as hpqwmi Module belongs to software hpqwmi Module or HP Pavillion (version zv6000 User Guides, dv4000 User Guides) or HP WMI Interface or Tor Control Panel or PolicyMaker™ Standard Edition or Adobe® Photoshop® Album by Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P (www.hp.com) or Hewlett Packard Company (www.hp.com).
Description: HPQWMI.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HPQWMI.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mostly C:\Program Files\HPQ\SHARED\.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 98,304 bytes (85% of all occurrences), 102,400 bytes, 94,208 bytes or 106,496 bytes.
The program is not visible. The HPQWMI.exe file is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 41% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You can ask Customer Support to assist you, update the program or uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > HP WMI Interface).
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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HPQWMI.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HPQWMI.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HPQWMI. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 HPQWMI.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.