What is hpswp_BHO.dll?

Hpswp_BHO.dll is a browser extension for Internet Explorer. This add-on enables several additional functions for Internet Explorer. You can disable it through the Extras menu (key combination Alt + X) under Manage Add-ons. The following paragraph provides more information about HP Smart Web Printing add-on.

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Hpswp_BHO.dll file information

The process known as HP Smart Web Printing add-on for Internet Explorer or SmartWebPrinting belongs to software HP Smart Web Printing or HP Photo and Imaging (version 2.0) or Hewlett-Packard Company by Hewlett-Packard Co ( or Hewlett-Packard (

Description: Hpswp_BHO.dll is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The hpswp_BHO.dll file is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 509,496 bytes (33% of all occurrences), 517,688 bytes and 4 more variants. 
This .dll file is a Browser Helper Object (BHO) that runs automatically every time you start your web browser. BHOs are not stopped by personal firewalls, because they are identified by the firewall as part of the browser itself. BHOs are often used by adware and spyware. IDs used by this BHO include FFFFFFFF-CF4E-4F2B-BDC2-0E72E116A856. The program is not visible. The hpswp_BHO.dll file is able to change the behavior of, or monitor Internet Explorer. The hpswp_BHO.dll file is not a Windows core file. It is a Verisign signed file. The file is certified by a trustworthy company. The software can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Hpswp_BHO.dll is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program HP Smart Web Printing or HP Image Zone, update it, or ask Customer Support for help. Go to to update it, go to for support, or go to HP Smart Web Printing or HP Image Zone in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

Recommended: Identify hpswp_BHO.dll related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hpswp_BHO.dll. Therefore, you should check the hpswp_BHO.dll process on your PC to see if it is a threat. If HP Smart Web Printing add-on has changed your browser's search engine and start page, you can recover your browser's default settings as follows:

Reset default browser settings for Internet-Explorer ▾
  1. In Internet Explorer, press the key combination Alt + X to open the Tools menu.
  2. Click Internet options.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Click the Reset... button.
  5. Enable the Delete personal settings option.
This will reset your Internet Explorer to its default settings. Your browser will start with the familiar start page and search engine—without popups, ads, cookies, but all browser add-ons are deleted too [1]. Make cleaning up your browser and your computer simpler and safer with Security Task Manager.


User Comments

Monitors browser, starts running after boot. Details allegedly state it is HP web printing add on, and starts with I.E. on every boot up. I don't use I.E., never have, this file, app, add on, whatever seems like an alias for remote monitoring spyware and remote keylogger, as this alleged HP is hidden. Keeps showing up on different scans as unknown, suspicious.

Summary: Average user rating of hpswp_BHO.dll: based on 1 vote with 1 user comment. One user thinks hpswp_BHO.dll is dangerous and recommends removing it.

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Best practices for resolving hpswp_BHO issues

The following programs have also been shown useful for a deeper analysis: ASecurity Task Manager examines the active hpswp_BHO process on your computer and clearly tells you what it is doing. Malwarebytes' well-known Banti-malware tool tells you if the hpswp_BHO.dll on your computer displays annoying ads, slowing it down. This type of unwanted adware program is not considered by some antivirus software to be a virus and is therefore not marked for cleanup.

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding PC trouble. 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.

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