What is hpqwmiex.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 hpqwmiex.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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Hpqwmiex.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpqwmiex
Hpqwmiex.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as hpqwmiex Module or HP Software Framework WMI Service

belongs to software hpqwmiex Module or HP Wireless Assistant or HP Software Framework or HPAsset component for HP Active Support or HPAsset component for HP or QLBCASL or Java (version 6) or HPAsset component for HP Active

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

Description: Hpqwmiex.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The file hpqwmiex.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 135,168 bytes (48% of all occurrences), 98,304 bytes and 28 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. Hpqwmiex.exe is not a Windows system file. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You could also turn to the software developer, HP, for advice, update the program to the latest version or completely remove HP Wireless Assistant or HP ProtectTools Security Manager (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program).

Recommended: Identify hpqwmiex.exe related errors

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

avast shows it hidden and rootkit, it suggests to delete it immediately. had avast for a few years and this is the first time its ever came up...
I don't know much about it except that when it's running, my computer is retarded slow, and when I shut it off, I have no problems
i think its the wireless key button on n off for the wireless systems keypad button
my wireless still worked after turning it of
I show this file disabled on my laptop and my wireless service works fine
required for wireles switch on/off; wireless card doesn't turn on without this service
Cobra is full of crap you can disable both this and wireless 'assistant' and still use wireless.
hpqwmiex.exe is a service related to the HP Protect Tools
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Summary: Average user rating of hpqwmiex.exe: based on 16 votes with 9 reviews. 9 users think hpqwmiex.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user suspects danger. 7 users don't grade hpqwmiex.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpqwmiex issues

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