What is HPWAMain.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 HPWAMain.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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HPWAMain.exe file information

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

The process known as HPWAMain Module or HP Wireless Assistant Main Program or HP Wireless Assistant main program belongs to software HP Wireless Assistant or HPAsset component for HP by Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P ( or Hewlett-Packard (

Description: HPWAMain.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HPWAMain.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 488,752 bytes (32% of all occurrences), 472,776 bytes and 7 more variants. 
The file has a digital signature. The file is not a Windows core file. You can uninstall this program in the Control Panel. The file is a Verisign signed file. The software is loaded during the Windows boot process (see Registry key: MACHINE\Run). HPWAMain.exe is able to monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 10% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you are having problems with HPWAMain.exe, you may want to do the following:

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HPWAMain.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HPWAMain.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 Wireless Assistant, yotally safe background program for Bluetooth and WLAN configurations. Disabling it will not make it impossible to control your WLAN as usual (default down in right corner with icon), and both WLAN and Bluetooth works without this HPWAMain on startup
is part of wireless application bundled with HP computers that allows you to control different settings on the computer's wireless devices such as Bluetooth and WLAN.
  Dennis   (further information)
This HP's Wireless assistant...Not needed, but can make switching wireless assets on and off easier. May be helpful if you routinely use several different networks and/or bluetooth devices. Difinitely not needed.

Summary: Average user rating of HPWAMain.exe: based on 3 votes with 3 user comments. One user thinks HPWAMain.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous.

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Best practices for resolving HPWAMain issues

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