What is hpsysdrv.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 hpsysdrv.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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Hpsysdrv.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hpsysdrv
Hpsysdrv.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as hpsysdrv belongs to software hpsysdrv Application or HPAsset component for HP Active Support or HPAsset component for HP Active or HPAsset component for HP by Hewlett-Packard Company ( or Hewlett-Packard (

Description: Hpsysdrv.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Hpsysdrv.exe is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows—mainly C:\windows\system\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 52,736 bytes (99% of all occurrences), 72,192 bytes and 5 more variants. 
It is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The hpsysdrv.exe file is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. The process is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Hpsysdrv.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 57% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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If hpsysdrv.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 45% dangerous. The file size is 65,536 bytes (87% of all occurrences) or 62,768 bytes. It is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The application is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). Hpsysdrv.exe is able to hide itself.

Uninstalling this variant: It is possible to do the following:

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

HP Odometer. Slow startup a bit.
causing my hp computer to make "device failed to connect" sound. Annoying, disabled it in msconfig.
hp legitimate process
Comes with your HP computer. Not harmful. Just like the description says above, "process runs in the background on HP computers and keeps track of system recovery information; it stores data that can be used by HP to troubleshoot and resolve system problems[...]"
Should be left on in case of system recovery, can be temporarily disabled for gaming, etc.
Standard file that runs on modern HP systems
Part of HP/Compaq support. Can be disabled safely if other methods of restoring system are used i.e. imaging.
It is hp odometer, File Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\HP Odometer
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hpsysdrv.exe: based on 42 votes with 9 reviews. 35 users think hpsysdrv.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 5 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 2 users think hpsysdrv.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 6 users don't grade hpsysdrv.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hpsysdrv issues

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