What is scrub2k.exe?

The genuine scrub2k.exe file is a software component of HP Cleaning Utility by Hewlett Packard.
The 'Scrubber' application is included with the drivers for some HP DeskJet printers. It wipes specific driver files and registry entries for the printer that it came with to aide installing or de-installing the printer. This utility is typically intended to be run manually. Hewlett Packard is a world-reknowned supplier of hardware, software and services to consumers. It was founded in a garage by William "Bill" Redington Hewlett and Dave Packard.

Scrub2k stands for Scrubber2k

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 scrub2k.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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Scrub2k.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with scrub2k
Scrub2k.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process scrub2k.exe has no vendor information.

Description: Scrub2k.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The scrub2k.exe file is located in a subfolder of C:\Windows or sometimes in the C:\Windows folder. The file size on Windows 10/8/7/XP is 65,536 bytes. 
The program has a visible window. There is no file information. The software starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: MACHINE\RunOnce). Scrub2k.exe is not a Windows core file. Therefore the technical security rating is 36% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Recommended: Identify scrub2k.exe related errors

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as scrub2k.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the scrub2k.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

Scrubber application included with the drivers for some HP DeskJet printers and which gets rid of specific driver files and registry entries for the HP printer that it came with. This task should not be in your Task List after a fresh start/restart of your PC.
  Guilherme R Basilio   (further information)
Diese Datei hat etwas mit der Installation des HP Deskjet c1220 zu tun
  Ferdinand   (further information)
Nötig für die Installation von hp-Druckertreibern
Tool für HP DJ 1220c
Habe ich bei der Deinstallation von HP Software endeckt,plötzlich kam die Meldung Scrub2k in Autostart eingefügt

Summary: Average user rating of scrub2k.exe: based on 4 votes with 5 user comments. 2 users think scrub2k.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's probably harmless. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving scrub2k issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with scrub2k. 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 scrub2k.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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