What is ScanToPCActivationApp.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 ScanToPCActivationApp.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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ScanToPCActivationApp.exe file information

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

The process known as ScanToPCActivationApp belongs to software HP Digital Imaging or HP Officejet Pro (version 8600 Basic Device, 8610 Basic) or HP Deskjet (version 3050A J611 series Basic Device, 3520 series Basic Device) or HP Photosmart (version 7520 series Basic Device, 7510 series Basic Device) or HP ENVY (version 4500 series Basic Device Software) or HP Officejet (version 6700 Basic Device Software) by Hewlett-Packard Co ( or Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP (

Description: ScanToPCActivationApp.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ScanToPCActivationApp.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files". Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 2,573,416 bytes (46% of all occurrences), 1,837,672 bytes and 9 more variants. 
The file is a Verisign signed file. ScanToPCActivationApp.exe is digitally signed. The file is not a Windows core file. The program has no visible window. The program starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run). The application can be uninstalled in the Control Panel. ScanToPCActivationApp.exe is able to connect to the Internet, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 17% dangerous.

Uninstalling this variant: In case of problems with ScanToPCActivationApp.exe, you can uninstall the program using the Control Panel ⇒ Uninstall a ProgramHP Officejet Pro 8600 Basic Device or HP Deskjet 3520 series - Grundlegende.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ScanToPCActivationApp.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ScanToPCActivationApp.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.


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Best practices for resolving ScanToPCActivationApp issues

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