What is zstatus.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 zstatus.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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Zstatus.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with zstatus
Zstatus.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as zstatus belongs to software Zenographics zstatus by Zenographics (

Description: Zstatus.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. Zstatus.exe is located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 36,864 bytes (85% of all occurrences) or 40,960 bytes. 
The program is not visible. It is not a Windows system file. The zstatus.exe file is a trustworthy file from Microsoft. Therefore the technical security rating is 30% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware disguises itself as zstatus.exe, particularly when not located in the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the zstatus.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

System Tray status monitor
System Tray status monitor - monitors task for Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 1000 range of printers
System Tray status monitor task for Hewlett-Packard’s LaserJet 1000 range of printers. This task displays various status information about your printer and print jobs.
  Zoltan Fekete  
I work for the company, the program is harmless - monitors printer status.
  Erik Knepfler   (further information)
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war bei mir als Task aktiv - nach Neuinstallation von winXP nicht mehr vorhanden. Nach Installation der internen Geräte immer noch nicht. nach Installation der hp lj1000 - software: war er wieder da, der Prozess. wenn abgeschossen, funktionieren statusmeldungen nicht mehr

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Summary: Average user rating of zstatus.exe: based on 7 votes with 6 user comments. 5 users think zstatus.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. 2 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving zstatus issues

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