What is hpsmhd.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 hpsmhd.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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Hpsmhd.exe file information

The process known as HP System Management Homepage belongs to software HP System Management Homepage for Microsoft Windows NT by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Hpsmhd.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hpsmhd.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 24,631 bytes (63% of all occurrences), 19,968 bytes or 23,552 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. The software uses ports to connect to or from a LAN or the Internet. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If there are any problems with hpsmhd.exe, you can do the following:
  • search for help on the company's website
  • safely remove the program using the uninstall program of HP System Management Homepage or HPInsightDiagnostics (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program)

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

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hpsmhd.exe is a System Monitor from HP belonging to HP System Management Homepage for Microsoft Windows NT. This is a system management tool for server administrators.

Summary: Average user rating of hpsmhd.exe: based on 2 votes with 2 user comments. 2 users think hpsmhd.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving hpsmhd issues

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