What is HPWA_Service.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 HPWA_Service.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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HPWA_Service.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with HPWA_Service
HPWA_Service.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as HPPA_Service belongs to software HP Wireless Assistant or HPPA_Service by Hewlett-Packard Company ( or Hewlett-Packard (

Description: HPWA_Service.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. HPWA_Service.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 103,992 bytes (88% of all occurrences) or 102,968 bytes. 
The program is not visible. The HPWA_Service.exe file is certified by a trustworthy company. The HPWA_Service.exe file is not a Windows core file. The file is a Verisign signed file. Therefore the technical security rating is 20% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: The developer HP provides an update site and an uninstaller (Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a Program ⇒ HP Wireless Assistant).

Recommended: Identify HPWA_Service.exe related errors

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

This is a virus

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

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Best practices for resolving HPWA_Service issues

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