What is hptskmgr.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 hptskmgr.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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Hptskmgr.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with hptskmgr
Hptskmgr.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HP Task Management Component belongs to software hp coretech (COmponent REuse TECHnology) by Hewlett-Packard Company (

Description: Hptskmgr.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. Hptskmgr.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files"—mainly C:\Program Files\HP\hpcoretech\comp\. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 135,168 bytes (95% of all occurrences) or 126,976 bytes. 
The program has no visible window. The hptskmgr.exe file is not a Windows system file. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. Hptskmgr.exe is able to hide itself. Therefore the technical security rating is 26% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: You can uninstall the program hp deskjet 3500 or Overland, update it, or try to get help from the software vendor. Click on to update it, click on to visit the vendor's website, or click on hp deskjet 3500 or Overland in Windows Control Panel (section Software or Programs) to uninstall it.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as hptskmgr.exe. Therefore, you should check the hptskmgr.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

Runs once every exactly 15 minutes. Remains active for a little over 20 seconds. Just before exiting, it creates an off-screen window and detroys it immediatly. The windows steals focus causing fullscreen applications (video, games, ...) to minimize or even crash.
  Jynx D5  
It comes up at shutdown.
  Steve G.  
I think this is related some how to hewlit packard. On my computer it runs every 15 mins and the program flashes across my taskbar.
Not dangerous..but annoying as hell for the same reason Jynx D5 gave
  Lord Kain  
Causes audio applications to lose focus so if you are recording or using VST plugins with live audio (e.g. a guitar), you will experience a dropout.
It belongs to the HP Printer Software, (HP Taskmanager)
hptskmgr.exe IS part of the HP printer software it manages the printer spool and other stuff if you have an All in one, however as stated by Jynx D5 is grabs focus and can cause some older Full screen apps to crash. for resulation with the problem contact HP Support for your Model
  SprayPaint   (further information)
using ProcLog found this to be the program that steals focus and flashes on taskbar (as said before) HP really sucks for making this kind of junk.
It steals focus all right, causing some full-screen games to loose focus. Grrrr
I've tried delaying the 'refresh' from 15 minutes to 1 day by amending the interval in the configuration file hpcmconf.xml. Interval is in milliseconds
It comes up while shutting down the computer. I have no clue of y it appears when shutting down and what exactly it is...but its something to do with the Hewlit Packard. Guess its the task manager of the printer/ scanner on the comp.
It runs about every 15-20 mins and spawns a window on the taskbar which is then quickly destroys. It crashes fullscreen applications like games, which is a HUGE annoyance.
Run multipal times an hour and program flashes across my taskbar. Didn't do this until a few weeks ago. VERY annoying.
  blind beggar  
HP recomends removing it from startup. Another site said it caused problems with your printer if not loaded but the person didn't specifiy exactly what the problems were so I am assuming nothing bad will happen.
  Mike Hammerfish  
Its very annoying, it steals focus from other applications when it runs
This file is part of the HP printer driver set (HPOSM.exe also loads) but apparently isn't essential to be running all the time. These key off HPCMPMGR.exe which is found in MSCONFIG and could be disabled there.
Completely agree with Jynx D5 and think HP need to get their act together!
To stop this process, RUN MSCONFIG, click startup tab, uncheck all HP processes, click OK, and then restart. Upon restart, a box will appear in regard to System Configuration Utility, Check the box and click ok. The printer will run fine and no more interruptions or lost focus.
  Kelly R  
As it closes down it locks the application window I am using. Changing to another window and back releases it. This is definitely associated with hptskmgr. Sometimes it will not allow a change to another window and the PC will freeze. This requires several minutes to recover or even needs a forced power off.
runs every 15 minutes popping up a window and disrupting my game play. I tried changing the interval time like Boony said but the file keeps on changing back to "900000" ms. Not sure why..
This is the most annoying background file on my system. Will cause games like FSX and CIV4 to minimize as it flashes acroos screen. I delete it from processes before every game session but leave it for non-gaming.
it's part of the HP updater software. terminate the process and create a shortcut to update manually every so often.
It is quite annoying and took some effort to find out what the invisible task was, Media Player Classic helped me find it.
Well i'm not to sure about the security risk i do know that it was sucking up over half a gigabyte of RAM on our production server where i work so i shut it down, guess i'll see what happens next.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of hptskmgr.exe: based on 29 votes with 25 user comments. 6 users think hptskmgr.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 11 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 8 users suspect danger. 3 users think hptskmgr.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 4 users don't grade hptskmgr.exe ("not sure about it").

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Best practices for resolving hptskmgr issues

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