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 HPZipm12.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.
The process known as PML Driver
belongs to software HP PML or Pml Driver HPZ12 or HP Photo and Imaging (version 2.0, 1.0 - HP, 1.0, 2.0 - All-in-One) or HP LaserJet (version P3005, 2410/2420/2430, 5200) or Pml Driver HPZ12, Pml Driver HPZ12 or HP Color LaserJet (version 3600, 3550, 4730mfp) or PML Driver or HP Deskjet (version 6800)
by HP (www.hp.com) or Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com).
Description: HPZipm12.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. HPZipm12.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder or sometimes in a subfolder of C:\Windows or in a subfolder of the user's profile folder.
Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 69,632 bytes (67% of all occurrences), 73,728 bytes and 10 more variants.
There is no information about the author of the file. The program is not visible. The file is not a Windows core file. It is located in the Windows folder, but it is not a Windows core file. HPZipm12.exe is able to manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 52% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
The software publisher HP provides direct support (www.hp.com/support). You could uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Add/Remove programs ⇒ HP Photo and Imaging.
Recommended: Identify HPZipm12.exe related errors
Important: Some malware disguises itself as HPZipm12.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the HPZipm12.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.
A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with HPZipm12. 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 doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, 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 HPZipm12.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.