What is hpservice.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 hpservice.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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Hpservice.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpservice
Hpservice.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP Service or HP Printer Service for Windows

belongs to software Mobile Data Protection System or Hewlett-Packard (version HP 3D DriveGuard) or HP 3D DriveGuard or HP Service or HP Printer Service or ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

by Hewlett-Packard Company ( or Hewlett Packard ( or HP (

Description: Hpservice.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hpservice.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 26,168 bytes (72% of all occurrences), 19,456 bytes, 18,944 bytes, 27,968 bytes or 2,369,024 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The file is not a Windows system file. The file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. Therefore the technical security rating is 4% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with hpservice.exe, you can remove the entire program ProtectSmart Hard Drive or HP 3D DriveGuard using Windows Control Panel or look for help on the website.

Recommended: Identify hpservice.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpservice.exe, for example Packed.Win32.Black.a (detected by Kaspersky), and W32.IRCBot (detected by Symantec). Therefore, you should check the hpservice.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

hpservice.exe belongs to Mobile Data Protection System by Hewlett-Packard. Looks for updates for the HP laptop.
Die nicht unbedingt von Windows benötigt wird? Ja aber von meinen HDD's, Die nicht gleich in Nirvana entschwinden wenn ich den Laptop mal zu hart auf den Tisch aufsetze!
  Alexander   (further information)
Cannot be deleted without using the DOS Takeown command first and deleting will corrupt the windows registry. Disabling in services will result in a whole bunch of network errors to the point you won't be able to reboot your PC or use the internet.

Summary: Average user rating of hpservice.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. 2 users think hpservice.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving hpservice issues

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