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Is HPWuSchd2.exe safe?

HPWuSchd2.exe is a executable file (a program) within Windows. The filename extension .exe denotes an executable file. You should only run executable files from publishers you trust, because executable files can potentially change your computer settings or harm your computer. The free file information forum can help you determine if HPWuSchd2.exe is a virus, trojan, spyware, or adware that you can remove, or a file belonging to a Windows system or to an application you can trust.

HPWuSchd2.exe file information

The process known as Hewlett-Packard Product Assistant or hpwuSchd Application or hpwuSchd or HP Update or HP Product Assistant

belongs to software hp digital imaging - hp all-in-one series or hpwuSchd Application or hp digital imaging or HP Software Update Application or Hewlett-Packard hpwuSchd or HP Driver Diagnostics or HP Update or HP Image Zone Express

by Hewlett-Packard Co (www.hp.com) or Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com) or Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P (www.hp.com) or Hewlett-Packard Company (www.hp.com).

Description: HPWuSchd2.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file HPWuSchd2.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\ or in a subfolder of the "My Files" folder (common is C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Software Update\). Known file sizes on Windows 7/XP are 49,152 bytes (86% of all occurrences), 54,840 bytes and 12 more variants. http://www.file.net/process/hpwuschd2.exe.html 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run). The program can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. Therefore the technical security rating is 33% dangerous, however also read the users reviews.
In case of any problems with HPWuSchd2.exe, you can do the following:
  1) uninstall the associated program (Start > Control Panel > Add/Remove programs > HP Software Update Scheduler or HPProductAssistant)
  2) visit the vendor’s support site
  3) check the vendor’s website for a newer version.

Recommended: Identify HPWuSchd2.exe related errors

External information from Paul Collins:
There are different files with the same name:

  • "HP software update" is not required to run at start up. HP software updates. If a shortcut doesn't exist create your own and run it manually
  • "HP software update" is not required to run at start up. HP software updates. If a shortcut doesn't exist, create your own and run it manually

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as HPWuSchd2.exe, particularly when located in the c:\windows or c:\windows\system32 folder, for example Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.khr (detected by Kaspersky), and TROJ_UNRUY.SMT (detected by TrendMicro). Therefore, you should check the HPWuSchd2.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

It is harmless. You can change the settings so that it connects once a week, month, or even longer. The only information it sends is OS, language, location and device id's. Suzanne, you had a virus by your own admission. Don't blame HP update for that!
  John H.   (further information)
Ticks off my anti-virus when it tries to access Word documents
The HP Windows Updates Scheduler task is automatically installed as part of the driver and software package of some HP printers and peripherals, periodically checking for updated drivers for these devices. In practice, drivers are not updated very frequently, and so it is not necessary to keep these sorts of update checker programs running constantly, though some people find them a worthwhile convenience. If you want a detailed security rating about your hpwuschd2.exe (and all other running background processes) read the following user opinions, and download the free trial version of Security Task Manager. Note: Any malware can be named anything - so you should check where the files of the running processes are located on your disk. If a "non-Microsoft" .exe file is located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, then there is a high risk for a virus, spyware, trojan or worm infection! Check it out! Click to Run a Free Scan for hpwuschd2.exe speed issues
  Not Gonna Tell, 'Course   (further information)
Came installed on HP and automatically runs on start-up
I'm siding with LEN on this one. I believe it may be part of the culprit as to why my Vista computer and my HP 1401 all-in-one don't get along. My printer will print, but who knows how long it will take when it gets around to it - maybe right away or maybe in an hour or 2. Sometimes I even have to turn it all off and restart computer to get it to print. Didn't use to do this before I got a virus removed and then I started to have all sorts of printer issues.
HP Windows Update SCHeDuler, checks for driver and software updates. Unnecesary. Uses very little CPU, with Process Explorer showing the 'System Idle' process at 211h25m35-ish sec, and hpwuschd2.exe active 0.015 sec. That's 139.6 million cycles out of 2.6 thousand billion that went to Idle!
HP Update ..
It anonymously sends reports for HP digital printing stuff. Plus it updates stuff for your printer. It does NOT slow down your computer. If it does, you may have a virus.
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Rating chart

Summary: Average user rating of HPWuSchd2.exe: based on 41 votes with 9 reviews.
17 users think HPWuSchd2.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 4 users think it's probably harmless. 10 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. 7 users suspect danger. 3 users think HPWuSchd2.exe is dangerous and recommend removing it. 8 users don't grade HPWuSchd2.exe ("not sure about it").

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